John L. Lewis, Thomas Kennerly, and Monsignor John J. Curran (left to right), 1930.
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Three men. One standing and two seated.

Credit: Courtesy of the Luzerne County Historical Society.

During the 1902 miner’s strike, Father John Curran of Wilkes-Barre, PA, worked with United Mine Workers President John Mitchell to present the miners’ case to the public. It was largely through Curran’s efforts that President Theodore Roosevelt–seen in the picture in the middle–forced the coal barons into a resolution of the strike. In the years that followed, Father Curran would mediate in other labor disputes, winning the respect of both labor and management.

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