Mary Jo Kopechne is remembered today only for having been killed in a car accident on Chappaquiddick Island, with Ted Kennedy driving. She deserves better.

51 years ago Sunday, Kennedy pled guilty to leaving the scene of a crime following the accident. This Day in Esoteric Political History: Chappaquidick

Mary Jo Kopechne on Wikipedia:

Kopechne was inspired by John F. Kennedy’s inaugural command “Ask what you can do for your country”. After graduation, Kopechne moved to Montgomery, Alabama, for a year at the Mission of St. Jude,[3] an activity that was part of the Civil Rights Movement.[12] She also taught at Montgomery Catholic High School.[13] At the high school she taught typing and shorthand and was also an advisor to the school newspaper.[11] One former student recalled her as “a petite strawberry blonde with pep in her step. She had confidence and a zest for life that was intriguing. … She was humble and kind and stood firm in her beliefs. … Tough but fun in the classroom, creating speed challenges, expecting accuracy, and rewarding generously.”

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