Meet Mother Jones, “the most dangerous woman in America”

MARY HARRIS JONES was born in Shandon, Co Cork in 1837, and went on to be a leading voice in the American labour movement. She became known as Mother Jones, a leading campaigner for children’s and workers’ rights. Our museum curator Jessica Traynor tells her story and why she has been included in our museum.

Jones emigrated with her family to Canada after the famine, and later moved to the United States, where she became a teacher. She tragically lost her husband and four children to yellow fever in 1867, and then lost her dressmaking business in the great Chicago fire of 1871. She is remembered today as a champion of human rights in the United States, and is commemorated by a plaque on John Redmond Street in Cork.

Mother Jones is one of hundreds of inspiring stories that feature in our museum. Discover many more stories of Irish emigration from around the world, told through 20 immersive and interactive galleries. Open daily from 10am – 6:45pm (last entry 5pm) in CHQ in Dublin’s Docklands. For ticket information click here.

This video was shot by Independent.ie.