Mother Jones and the Union Miners Cemetery
The only union-owned cemetery in the country, and the fascinating story of why it came to be. Mother Jones is buried there.
As Muslims go to Mecca, there is a shrine in Illinois that deserves a pilgrimmage by all labor-minded persons. It is the Union Miners Cemetery in Mount Olive, Illinois.
It offers no miraculous visions or cures; but each one who visits will be touched, for this is the resting place of that “grandmother of agitators,” Mary “Mother” Jones; and this is a place filled with the spirit of good union men. They are the coal miners she called “her boys,” among whom she asked to be buried at the time of her death in 1930, at the age of 100.