In 1895, influential labor leader Eugene V. Debs was imprisoned at Woodstock's Old Court House Arts Center (formerly the McHenry County Jail) for six months for violating an injunction during the Pullman Strike.
On Saturday, October 21 at the Woodstock Public Library, University of Tennessee, Knoxville history department chairman Ernest F. Freeberg will be talking about Debs and the two United States Supreme Court cases concerning his constitutional freedoms decided in 1895 and 1919. The first Supreme Court decision was In re Debs, which which sent Debs to McHenry County Jail. The second decision, Debs v. United States, upheld Debs's ten-year sentence in federal prison, spent in Moundsville, West Virginia and Atlanta, Georgia.
Afterward, Steve Aavang will lead a walking tour of Eugene Debs/Sheriff George Eckert sites.
The event is hosted by Woodstock Celebrates, Inc. Admission is free.