Stories of Hope-Barbara Reynolds

1970-1977: Global Community

Barbara Reynolds receiving the Honorary Citizen of Hiroshima Award in 1975.

Despite her return to the United States, Barbara never left Hiroshima behind entirely. In 1970, she was invited to return to participate in the first Hiroshima Peace Conference. Five years later, in October 1975, she received the title of Honorary Citizen of Hiroshima. At the time, she was only the fourth person and the first woman to receive that honor. Japan also declared her a national living treasure for her peace work.

Barbara with 100 continuos rice-paper cranes at the Peace Resource Center of Wilmington College. The  cranes symbolize peace and "no more nuclear war."

Meanwhile, Barbara was looking for a Quaker college to house her collection of materials, including books, articles, photographs, films, slides, and other information on the atomic bombings and peace movements. In August 1975, the 30th anniversary of the bombings, Barbara established the Peace Resource Center and Hiroshima/Nagasaki Memorial Collection at Wilmington College of Ohio. Also that year, Barbara arranged the "Hiroshima 30 Years After: a Call to Global Community" conference at Wilmington College.

Barbara Reynolds with Japanese visitors from the Hiroshima, Japan. They were attending the opening of the Peace Resource Center and the "30 Years After: a Call to Global Community" conference hosted at Wilmington College.

Barbara was invited back to Japan yet again in 1977 to be an advisor to the International Symposium on A-bomb Aftereffects in Tokyo, Hiroshima, and Nagasaki. In 1978, she retired as director of the Peace Resource Center and moved to Long Beach, California, home of daughter Jessica and her family.

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