Saturday, October 26, 2013

Virginia Kay on Ulysses Kay's Wife Barbara Kay: "she was a Freedom Rider and was imprisoned in Parchman Prison in Mississippi"

Ulysses Kay (1917-1995) is profiled at, which features a comprehensive Works List by Prof. Dominique-René de Lerma,

Barbara Kay and Eugene McCarthy (Photo: John Goodwin)

"Barbara Jane Kay has been committed to the Hinds County Jail [Jackson, Mississippi] by order of Judge James Spencer for the crime of Breach of Peace.  Your sentence has been set at $200.00 and 4 months.  You will be released from jail June 9, 1962.  J.R. Gilfoy, Sheriff of Hinds County.  By Jim Kelly, Deputy Sheriff"

Virginia Kay, first child of Ulysses and Barbara Kay, responded on October 21, 2013: 

Hello again, Bill.

I can’t thank you enough for posting the 2 Kay events. In the de Lerma paragraph it says that “Kay married Barbara Hanson in the same year, and she joined him in Rome,”. But our mother’s name was Barbara Harrison and she went to Rome with him. A History / Biographical Note is at

But what your readers may find more interesting is that she was a Freedom Rider and was imprisoned in Parchman Prison in Mississippi see She was interviewed for an oral history project at Columbia years later, completely independently & now that 150 page discussion covering their lives from Italy, to the Freedom Rides & more is part of the collection.


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