Living History at Your Library: Aunt Molly Jackson

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Date: Aug 29 2019, 6 p.m.

Barr Memorial Library - 62 W Spearhead Division Ave Fort Knox 40121 Google Map

Feisty, funny, and completely fearless, Aunt Molly Jacksons lived for nearly 50 years in the coal camps of southeastern Kentucky, where her father, brothers, husband, and sons were miners. In the camps, Aunt Molly delivered babies, nursed the sick, and wrote and sang songs about the miner's lives. Aunt Molly's songs, her eloquence, and her intimate knowledge of the live in the camps impressed Theodore Dreiser and his committee of writers when they visited Kentucky in 1931. Dreiser encouraged Aunt Molly to move to New York City, where her heartfelt songs and lively stories made her a popular and well-known spokesperson for the Kentucky miners. Today, Aunt Molly's songs and stories take us back to the eastern and western Kentucky coalfields of the early 20th century. 


Free and open to the public.