Document 81D: Photo by Elayne DeLott, Penny Patch canvassing in Batesville, Panola County, Mississippi, [March 1965], Elaine DeLott Baker Papers, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University.

Introduction

   Penny Patch left Swarthmore in 1962 to join the civil rights movement. She was the first white woman to integrate a SNCC field project, joining Charles Sherrod in Albany, Georgia in June 1962. Penny's dress was the semi-official uniform of female civil rights workers-denim jeans (and often a head scarf). Penny left Batesville in the summer of 1965 and subsequently worked as a nurse midwife in rural Vermont. She stays in touch with several local Panolians and was influential in organizing two Panola County reunions attended by a dozen or more former civil rights workers. (See Document 97, a 2001 letter to Penny Patch.)

Photo by Elayne DeLott, Penny Patch canvassing in Batesville, Panola County, Mississippi, [March 1965]
Source:Elaine DeLott Baker Papers, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University.

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