Together, We Can Honor Their Extraordinary History

In Pennsylvania in the 1870s, tens of thousands of Irish Catholic men gathered together as members of the Ancient Order of Hibernians. These Irishmen tried to create stability in an uncertain world. Many favored political reform that reflected their order’s motto: “Friendship, unity, and true Christian charity.”

From 1877 to 1879, twenty-one of these Hibernians were railroaded to the gallows as “Molly Maguires.”

The Kehoe Foundation seeks to honor the courage of these Hibernians. Their ethic of hard work and community and political leadership left an enduring mark on American culture. Their tragic struggle deserves a place in that long arc of historic battles that represents the ongoing march for human rights.

The Kehoe Foundation, a Maryland corporation pending 501c3 approval, has launched a new website. The foundation seeks to encourage inquiry into, and understanding of, Pennsylvania’s “Molly Maguire” conflict.

Visit the foundation’s website at

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Comment by James O'Brien on November 16, 2014 at 10:31pm

Great post Anne. Will keep an eye on the Kehoe Foundation website. Keep up the good work.


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