By 1812Blockhouse

Marvin Memorial Library in Shelby is currently hosting a poignant exhibit that celebrates the life and achievements of Frances Perkins, a titan in the realm of labor rights and the first woman to hold a presidential cabinet position. This exhibit, made possible through a collaboration with Councilman Garland Gates and the city of Shelby, offers a unique glimpse into the New Deal era and the indelible impact of Perkins’ work.

A Legacy Cast in New Deal Reforms

Frances Perkins, born Fannie Coralie Perkins, was a staunch advocate for workers’ rights and became a key figure in President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s administration. Her tenure as Secretary of Labor from 1933 to 1945 marked the longest in the position’s history. The exhibit, sourced from the University of Maine, comprises six panels that detail Perkins’ journey and her pivotal role in shaping labor policies during one of America’s most challenging economic times.

The New Deal’s Architect

The exhibit not only honors Perkins’ historical significance but also educates visitors on the New Deal’s comprehensive approach to labor issues. As a close ally of President Roosevelt, Perkins was instrumental in the New Deal coalition, advocating for reforms that would become cornerstones of modern labor rights. Her dedication to improving working conditions and her groundbreaking status as the first female cabinet member make her story especially resonant today.

Educational Outreach and Community Engagement

Located at 29 W. Whitney Ave., the Marvin Memorial Library promotes learning and community engagement. The Frances Perkins exhibit is a testament to the library’s commitment to bringing enriching and educational experiences to its patrons. It stands as an invitation to explore the historical narratives that have shaped our nation’s approach to labor and equality.

The traveling exhibit is available for a limited time, concluding on November 11 at 2:00 PM. It presents a rare opportunity for the residents of central and north central Ohio to engage with a piece of history that continues to influence contemporary discussions on labor and gender equality in politics.

Source: Marvin Memorial Library, Wikipedia; Photo: Public Domain

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