Judith Puhr


As Interviewed by Evan AP, March 18, 2017
"And that night I knew we were going to be arrested because all of us, this huge crowd of two or three hundred people, sat down in the middle of the street and wouldn’t move. So that was a protest and that was against the law, but we were trying to get attention for the fact that things were not changing like they should be in Mobile."
Judith Puhr

Introductory Profile: About Judith Puhr

My interviewee was Judith Puhr. Judith is my father’s mother and my grandmother. She currently lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. She enjoys knitting, water color painting, and storytelling. When this project was assigned, I knew she would be the perfect person to interview. We talked about the Civil rights movement of the 1960's and her role in it.

In 1966, Judith, a nun at this time, moved to Mobile, Alabama where she became a high school history teacher at the Catholic school there. In her spare time, she was a part of a group called NOW, which stood for Neighborhood Organized Workers. They fought for the right of black people to register to vote. In addition, they helped organize meetings and protests to talk about civil rights. She saw what it was like for minorities in the South and had the courage to stand up for what was right. Being a teacher, she tried to lend this knowledge and experience to her students. In this interview, Judith explains everyday life in Mobile, Alabama and even the process of a few protests.