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Civil rights Freedom Rider speaking in Alexandria later this month

Joan Trumpauer Mulholland (image via Mississippi Department of Archives and History)

Freedom Rider Joan Trumpauer Mulholland, who was imprisoned in Mississippi for her civil rights activism, is scheduled to speak at a meeting of the Alexandria Community Remembrance Project later this month.

The Office of Historic Alexandria said Mulholland will speak at the free event at 1 p.m. in The Lyceum (201 S Washington Street) on Saturday, Sept. 23.

Mulholland participated in several civil rights events and will be available for a Q&A at the event, along with a book signing.

According to the OHA’s newsletter:

Freedom Rider Joan Trumpauer Mulholland, who also played a role in integrating Glen Echo Park, will speak to the Alexandria Community Remembrance Project for the Fall Meeting. The event is free and begins with a social at 1 p.m., with program to follow at 1:30 p.m. During the struggle for civil rights, Northern Virginian Trumpauer-Mulholland participated in more than 50 sit-ins and demonstrations including the Freedom Rides, the Jackson Woolworth’s Sit-in, the March on Washington, the Meredith March, and the march from Selma to Montgomery. Mulholland will be joined by her son and documentarian Loki Mulholland for the presentation, followed by time for questions and a book signing. Her most recent book, “Get Back to the Counter,” as well as some children’s books about nonviolent protests will be available for purchase.

The Alexandria Community Remembrance Project is an initiative that provides education on the history of civil rights and hate crimes, like the city’s two fatal lynchings.

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