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Amazon Army Centennial – a Gene DeGruson Memorial Lecture
October 5 @ 7:00 pm CDT
From Pittsburg State University
Lecture planned in tribute to 100th anniversary of protest
One hundred years ago this year, thousands of women in Crawford County held a protest.
They were wives, mothers, daughters and sisters of local miners, and they were speaking out against hazardous working conditions, poor pay, and discrimination the miners faced each day.
In December 1921, in a protest that made national news, the women marched to the mine headquarters in Franklin, Kansas — now the site of the Miners Hall Museum. The event that became known as the Amazon Army March. The spirited act linked men and women together in one of the most dynamic pages in the history of American labor.
This year’s Gene DeGruson Memorial Lecture features local historian Linda Knoll, a longtime local teacher and a Humanities Kansas speaker, in a talk titled “The Amazon Army: The Fight for Workers’ Rights and Social Justice in the Kansas Coalfields.”
The free lecture will be given on Tuesday, Oct. 5, at 7 p.m. in the basement of Axe Library on the Pittsburg State University campus. It is open to the public and will be followed by a reception.
The Gene DeGruson Memorial Lecture series was established in honor of the first and long-time curator of the Special Collections & University Archives at PSU.
For more information, contact email@example.com or call 620-235-4883.
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