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50 years later, the spirit of the Catonsville Nine lives on | Waging Nonviolence

It was a big moment. More than a hundred people watched as a college professor held one end of a heavy vinyl cover, helping an 88-year-old woman, pull it from the top of a tall metal sign. Together, they unveiled a familiar looking historic marker — the kind that draws attention to battlefields drenched in centuries-old blood and the birth places of famous men all over the country.

This one, however, was different.

It read: “On May 17, 1968, nine Catholic activists raided the selective service office in Catonsville and burned hundreds of draft files to protest the Vietnam war.” It now stands on Frederick Road in Catonsville, Maryland — about a block from the building that housed the young men’s draft files.

The 88-year-old woman was Marjorie Melville — one of those nine Catholic activists and, along with George Mische, one of only two still living.

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  1. A good accound of the people and the spirit of the times are in a book recently published: Jim Forest. At Play in the Lions’ Den: A Biorgraphy and Memoir of Daniel Berigan (Maryknok=ll: NY Orbis Biiks, 2017)22

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