Thomas, Cecil A., 1917-1969
Born in Frankfort, Ohio in 1917, Cecil A. Thomas was working as a YMCA secretary in Berkeley, California when he was arrested for his participation in the Freedom Rides during the summer of 1961. Thomas, along Matthew Petway and his two children, participated in a Freedom Ride from Montgomery, Alabama to Jackson, Mississippi where the group was arrested in the Jackson airport on July 24, 1961.
Archival Collections and Reference Resources
- Freedom Riders' 40th Anniversary Oral History Project, 2001 (John Davis Williams Library (University of Mississippi))
- Series 2515 : Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission Records Online, 1994-2006, Photographs (Mississippi Department of Archives and History)