Jay Worrall

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Jay Worrall (1916-2010) was a mutual aid organizer and an advocate for prison reform in Charlottesville.

Worrall was a veteran of World War II and the Korean War. He left the military in 1966 when his and his family’s highly visible participation in the Petersburg civil rights movement was met with severe opposition from his superior officers. In 1965, Worrall founded the Monticello Area Community Action Agency with longtime friend Drewary Brown, which continues to seek the eradication of poverty in Charlottesville and the surrounding counties. Worrall also founded Offender Aid and Restoration in 1968, which offers those convicted of crimes alternatives to incarceration and offers information and support to those recently released from prison. Worrall, a Quaker, continued to attend weekly anti-war vigils throughout the 2000s.

Frances Brand portrait

Worrall is one of several people commemorated by the late 20th-century artist Frances Brand as part of her Firsts series.[1]

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  1. Branigan, Michelle Marie (December 1998). A Biography of Frances Brand, an American Painter and Social Activist (PhD). Indiana University.

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