MOUNT VERNON — Jean Fullemann is the 2011 recipient of the Judge Elaine Mayhew Award for Community Service. Co-sponsored by Rick Mayhew, his wife Carol and the Knox County Democratic Women, the award is presented to a woman who has supported the community, given a voice to those who didn’t have a voice and just simply made Knox County — and the world — a better place.
“Jean has a list so long you don’t even know where to begin with her,” said Rose Cole, Knox County Democratic Women spokesperson. “She’s just an absolutely wonderful, giving person.”
Like Judge Mayhew, Cole said, Fulleman is a strong woman who broke down barriers to effect social change, an innovator, a leader and someone committed to justice.
Fullemann, Cole said, was a rabble-rouser in the 1960s, working for civil rights and going so far as to infiltrate a Klan meeting in Mississippi. She also marched in Washington, D.C., to protest the Vietnam War.