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WVU to host May Day celebrations to honor labor rights and industrial workers

May Day

Mary Harris "Mother" Jones

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What: ”May Day” celebrations

Who: West Virginia University Libraries and the the Royce J. and Caroline B. Watts Museum  at the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources

When: Monday, May 1

Where: Receptions will be held in the WVU Libraries’ Alumni Lobby, located on the first floor of its Downtown Campus location, from noon-1 p.m., and in the atrium of the Mineral Resources Building, adjacent to the Royce J. and Carolyn B. Watts Museum, on the Evansdale Campus, from noon-4 p.m.

Why: Monday, May 1, is traditionally a day of international worker solidarity. It is also believed to be the birthday of Mary Harris “Mother” Jones. Jones, a labor organizer in several industries, became most well known for her work with coal miners during an era of unsafe mining practices and few labor laws.

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CONTACT: Mary C. Dillon, Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources

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