An Ordinary Hero: True Story of Joan Trumpauer Mullholland


An Ordinary Hero is the true story of Joan Trumpauer Mulholland.

On her first trip to Mississippi in 1961, Joan Trumpauer Mulholland wound up on Death Row. The native white Southerner was there, not because she had committed some heinous crime, but because she was a Freedom Rider.

In June 1961, Jackson police arrested her and other Freedom Riders for breach of peace, and she spent more than two months behind bars.

Her son, Loki Mulholland, has captured her story in an excellent new documentary, An Ordinary Hero: The True Story of Joan Trumpauer Mulholland. [From review by Jerry Mitchell in the Clarion Ledger.]

Learn more at the film website. Order the film here.

(Mulholland was one of the participants in the Jackson sit-ins, documented in the book We Shall Not Be Moved: The Jackson Woolworth’s Sit-In and the Movement It Inspired.)

Credit: Loki Mulholland. Distributed by Taylor Street Films, February 2013, 91 minutes.