Who was molly brown?
Molly Brown was born Margaret Tobin in July of 1867. As a young woman she married James Joseph Brown who had stake in a mining operation. After a number of discouraging years, the Brown’s mine investment paid off when silver was discovered. This affected both their bank account and social standing. Molly used her newfound notoriety to promote women’s rights, children’s rights and miners’ rights.
On April 10, 1912, Brown boarded a ship traveling from France to the U.S. She was going to visit a sick grandson. The vessel she had boarded was on its first voyage. It was called the Titanic.
On April 14, 1912 a collision with an iceberg sent the “indestructible” Titanic to the ocean floor. Molly Brown survived this tragedy and earned the nickname “The Unsinkable Molly Brown.” With her new unique moniker she continued the struggle for equal rights until her death of a stroke in late 1932.
The 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic is April 2012.