A screening of In Search of Weeping Jim, a historic documentary about the late Chicago Alderman James Ambrose Kearns, who introduced the legislation in the Chicago City Council in 1914 that Chicago should have its own flag.
James Ambrose Kearns was born to James and Catherine Quinn Kearns on January 13, 1871, on the tiny inner island of Inishcuttle Kilmeena, County Mayo, Ireland. He emigrated to America in 1884 at the age of 13, becoming a lawyer in Chicago where he served as Alderman, Clerk of the Municipal Court and City Treasurer. He is considered “the father of the Chicago flag”.
He earned the moniker “Weeping Jim” from colleagues who had watched him at wakes as he campaigned, always offering his condolences and compassion for the bereaved families. It worked.
The story of Weeping Jim is the story of the Irish immigrant in America. They came, usually with nothing but the clothes on their backs, and with hard work, wit, and great faith, made their way until they were eventually ruling America.
This film tells the story of one man from Mayo, but could be the quintessential story for the Irish Diaspora.
Refreshments will be served, there will be a raffle, and enjoy the spirit of Irish conviviality in the Mayfair Theater in the beautiful Irish American Heritage Center.
No registration required for this event. $10, pay at the door.
For more information about the film, visit WeepingJim.org.