Letter from Marie L. Jones Regarding Reverend Ashton Jones

Abstract

Mary L. Jones sent out this letter reporting on the plight of her husband, Reverend Ashton Jones, who was arrested in July of 1963 for attempting to lead an interracial student group into a service at the segregated First Baptist Church of Atlanta. Reverend Jones was sentenced to a year in the Georgia state prison and six months of hard labor for the crime of "disturbing a worship service." Mrs. Jones encourages readers of her letter to heed the advice of British social critic Bertrand Russell, by writing an "avalanche of letters" to those responsible. The actions of Reverend Jones, a white minister from California and vocal civil rights activist, helped cause First Baptist to begin allowing all races to worship in their church.

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