“When you find peace within yourself,
you become the kind of person
who can live at peace with others.”
~ Peace Pilgrim
Born Mildred Lisette Norman,(July 18, 1908 – July 7, 1981) Peace Pilgrim was an American pacifist, vegetarian, and peace activist. In 1952, she became the first woman to walk the entire length of the Appalachian Trail in one season. Starting on January 1, 1953, in Pasadena, California, she adopted the name “Peace Pilgrim” and walked across the United States for 28 years.
Expressing her ideas about peace, she referred to herself only as “Peace Pilgrim”. Peace Pilgrim’s only possessions were the clothes on her back and the few items she carried in the pockets of her blue tunic which read “Peace Pilgrim” on the front and “25,000 Miles on foot for peace” on the back. She had no organizational backing, carried no money, and would not even ask for food or shelter. When she began her pilgrimage she had taken a vow to “remain a wanderer until mankind has learned the way of peace, walking until given shelter and fasting until given food.”