Wendt, William Andrew, 1920-2001
Born in Mitchell, South Dakota in 1920, William Andrew Wendt was an Episcopal priest at St. Stephen's Church in Washington, D.C. when he was arrested for his participation in the Prayer Pilgrimage Freedom Ride in 1961. As part of the pilgrimage, Wendt, 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. Wendt went on to found the St. Francis Burial and Counseling Center, Inc. in 1975 and continued to advocate social causes, such as gay rights and women's rights, until his death on 8 July 2001 at the age of eighty-one.
Archival Collections and Reference Resources
- Series 2515 : Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission Records Online, 1994-2006, Photographs (Mississippi Department of Archives and History)