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Anne Feeney (1951-2021)

Anne Feeney (July 1, 1951 – February 3, 2021) was an American folk musician, singer-songwriter, political activist, and attorney. Anne Feeney was a firm believer in the power of music to create and strengthen bonds of solidarity as well as entertain.

“I can’t even imagine the civil rights movement without singing. I can’t imagine the early CIO days without singing. Music instills power and bravery.” - Anne Feeney (UE News)

Anne Feeney first visited the East Side Freedom Library in 2015 as part of a national tour of labor folk singers as the featured performer. Anne fell in love with the space and organization and also knew one of ESFL's founding directors, Peter Rachelff. Prior to her planned move to Sweden, Anne sent the items to ESFL in St. Paul, MN because she resonated with the mission of the organization and the fact that the items are meant to be used for research and accessible to the public. 

This exhibit focuses on her activism throughout her life. The entire donated collection includes social justice bumper stickers, buttons, programs from her music performances, newspaper clippings, books, miscellaneous academic articles and other labor related items.

The entire physical collection is currently housed at ESFL. Some of the activism content on the buttons include:

  • Anti-war
  • Workers' Rights
  • Politics
  • Union support
  • Feminism

Please view the digital collection Anne Feeney's personal buttons through the link below:

Anne Feeney Button Collection

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