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Carrie Dickerson

Black Fox Nuclear Plant Protester

An unlikely activist, she educated herself about nuclear energy and risked everything to stop the Black Fox Plant.

When Carrie Dickerson first saw a newspaper headline about the electric company’s plans to build a nuclear power plant near her home in Inola, Oklahoma, she knew little about nuclear reactors and less about the legal process through which they were built and operated.

To learn more, she asked the Atomic Energy Commission to send her all the information they had on nuclear energy. Carrie received stacks of documents which she read over the next few months turning her worry about nuclear energy into determination. She would fight to stop the Black Fox plant with all the resources she had.

Before it was over the fight would cost her and her husband Robert their entire savings, their nursing home, and almost the family farm.

Patricia Lemon, Carrie’s daughter, tells this very inspiring story of triumphs and hardships which stopped the building of the Black Fox Nuclear Power Plant.

Carrie Dickerson died November 17, 2006

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