A "coffin notice", allegedly posted by Molly Maguires in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania. It was presented by Franklin B. Gowen, along with other similar coffin notices, as evidence in an 1876 murder trial.
"The Molly Maguires," (1969) originally published in 1876 by Eveland & Harris of Tamaqua, Pa was republished in 1969 by Kelly Printing Co. of St. Claire, Pa, during a renewed interest in the Molly Maguires. The book now includes excerpts of the report of the case of the Commonwealth vs. John Kehoe, et al, who was sentenced to be hanged in 1877 for his involvement in the Molly Maguire murders of coal miners.
Directed by Martin Ritt. With Sean Connery, Richard Harris, Samantha Eggar, Frank Finlay. Life is rough in the coal mines of 1876 Pennsylvania. A secret group of Irish immigrant miners, known as the Molly Maguires, fights against the cruelty of the mining company with sabotage and murder. A detective, also an Irish emigrant, is hired to infiltrate the group and report on its members. But on which side do his sympathies lie?
The Mauch Chunk prison where several of the supposed Molly Maguires were hung. There's still a handprint on the wall of one cell -- I've seen it -- where Alexander Campbell proclaimed his innocence. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_Campbell_%28suspected_Molly_Maguire%29
On June 22, 1877, the largest mass execution in PA history took place as ten alleged "Molly Maguires" were hanged in two PA locations, Mauch Chunk and Pottsville. The Molly Maguires were purported to be an Irish-American secret organization with labor union roots, which sought violent retribution primarily against the coal and railroad industries.]
WHO ARE THE MOLLY MAQUIRES ?--In the latter half of the 19th century, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, was an area rife with violence. Between 1861 and 1875, a series of violent assaults, arsons and murders was blamed on a secret society of Irish immigrants known as the Molly Maguires.