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Charlotte Talks: Songwriter, Activist Si Kahn's Musical 'Mother Jones'

Si Kahn

Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019

Charlotte singer-songwriter Si Kahn's musical "Mother Jones In Heaven" profiles a woman once described as "the most dangerous in America" - Mary Harris Jones. Kahn and the actress bringing Jones to life on the stage join Mike Collins.

After losing her family to yellow fever in the late 1860s, and then losing her home and livelihood to The Great Chicago Fire, Mary Harris Jones found a new calling, that of a labor organizer.

Jones' success in organizing mine worker strikes around the turn of the 20th Century led one prosecutor to call her "the most dangerous woman in America."

It was around this time that she adopted a new persona: "Mother Jones."

Credit Library of Congress
Mary Harris "Mother" Jones

Charlotte's Si Kahn, the longtime singer-songwriter and himself a labor organizer, produced a play about Jones in 2014. The work is now in performance in Cornelius through Jan. 26.


Si Kahn, singer-songwriter, activist; author of the play, "Mother Jones In Heaven"

Vivian Nesbitt, actress, "Mother Jones In Heaven"


"Mother Jones In Heaven" runs through Jan. 26 at the Warehouse Performing Arts Center in Cornelius. More details can be found here.