Breeden, James P. (James Pleasant)


Born in 1934 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, James Pleasant Breeden was an Episcopal priest at St. James Church in Boston, Massachusetts when he was arrested for his participation in the Prayer Pilgrimage Freedom Ride in 1961. As part of the pilgrimage, Breeden, along with fourteen other Episcopal clergymen, traveled from New Orleans, Louisiana to Jackson, Mississippi where he and the others were arrested in the Trailways terminal on 13 September 1961. Breeden later went on to serve as director of the Commission on Church and Race of the Massachusetts Council of Churches during the 1967 Boston race riot.

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