Felmet, Joseph, 1921-1994
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Abstract Joe Felmet participated in the first “freedom ride” of the civil rights movement. This 1947 trip, known as the “Journey of Reconciliation,” was meant to test the Supreme Court’s ruling that banned segregation on interstate travel. The sixteen riders were arrested multiple times along the way and Felmet was sentenced to three weeks on a chain gang in North Carolina.Felmet was a lifelong peace activist and an advocate for civil liberties. He was a conscientious objector during World...
Dates: 1944 - 1993