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October 06, 1864: Sarah Rebecca "Mother" Blizzard was born


Labor activist Sarah ‘‘Mother’’ Blizzard (October 6, 1864-September 28, 1955) was born Sarah Rebecca Rogers in Edmond, Fayette County. She spent her early life on the family farm and witnessed the advent of coal mining in southern West Virginia following the coming of the railroads in the 1870s and 1880s. Blizzard was deeply involved in the United Mine Workers of America, from...

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