Chicago members celebrated Labor Day in Chicago’s Pullman neighborhood by portraying historical figures at the area’s historic sites, which included the Florence Hotel, on Sept 2. Historical figures portrayed were John Hopkins, the 35th mayor of Chicago; Jennie Curtis, president of the girls’ union, Local 269, American Railway Union; and Mary G. Harris Jones, known as Mother Jones.
The Hotel Florence was built by George Pullman in 1881 and, since 1991, has been owned by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency. The event is sponsored by the National Park Service, the Historic Pullman Foundation and the Illinois Labor History Society.
Top photo: Members Michael Joseph Thomas Ward as Mayor Hopkins and Kathleen Lawlor as Jennie Curtis entertain the crowd. Photo courtesy of Illinois Labor History Society.
- Local News