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Frances Crowe

Frances Crowe

Published: October 15, 2013
Frances Crowe

“I heard on the radio that they dropped the bomb on Hiroshima.  I knew it was really bad... So I literally unplugged the iron and went out looking for a Peace Center.” ~Frances Crowe

Photo: Ed Hedemann

Frances Crowe has spent a lifetime blazing the path for a more peaceful and just world.  After the atomic bombings on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Frances became an advocate for nuclear disarmament, later helping to launch the Nuclear Freeze movement.  She spent a month in federal prison after painting “Thou shalt not kill’’ and pasting pictures of her grandchildren on missile tubes of nuclear submarines in Connecticut.

Frances ran AFSC’s western Massachusetts office in the basement of her home for 32 years before retiring in 2006.  Today, at age 94, she still attends weekly peace vigils and hosts documentary films followed by discussions in her community.