The activist rallied garment workers and combated organized crime interests in northeast Pennsylvania in the mid-20th century.
Smithsonian Magazine, October 22, 2020
Matheson, second from left, with family, at the district attorney’s office after the investigation of her brother Will Lurye’s murder by the mob. Matheson faced off against gangsters throughout her long career as a union organizer. (Courtesy of the Queens Public Library Archives)