Ancient Order of Hibernians is Founded

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  1. Christian

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    On this day in history, May 4, 1836...

    The Irish-Catholic fraternal organization known as the Ancient Order of Hibernians was founded to protect Irish Catholic immigrants, especially those who faced harsh coal mining working conditions. It also guarded Irish Catholic churches against anti-Catholic forces in the mid-19th century. Many members in the coal mining area of Pennsylvania also had a background with a secret society known as the Molly Maguires. The legendary story of Alexander Cambell, a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians and Molly Maguires, suggests that before he was executed at the Carbon County Jail in Mauch Chunk (present-day Jim Thorpe) on June 21, 1877 for crimes involving a labor dispute, he declared his innocence by placing a dirty handprint on the wall of his jail cell. As the story goes, the ghostly handprint has been painted over several times, but it continues to re-appear. The handprint can still be seen today.