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.)
Source:Elaine DeLott Baker Papers, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University.