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Civil Rights Freedom Riders

May 14, 1961

 
 
Civil Rights Freedom Riders Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Carr, March 10, 2008
1. Civil Rights Freedom Riders Marker
Inscription. On Mother's Day, May 14, 1961, a group of black and white CORE youth on a "Freedom Ride" from Washington, D.C. to New Orleans arrived by bus at the Birmingham Greyhound terminal. They were riding through the deep south to test a court case, "Boynton vs. Virginia", declaring segregation in bus terminals unconstitutional. Here they were met and attacked by a mob of Klansmen. The riders were severely assaulted while the police watched, yet the youth stood their ground.
 
Erected 1995 by Alabama Historical Commission, Greyhound and Kenneth Mullinax Jr.
 
Location. 33° 31.002′ N, 86° 48.534′ W. Marker is in Birmingham, Alabama, in Jefferson County. Marker is at the intersection of 19th Street North and 4th Avenue North, on the right when traveling north on 19th Street North. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Birmingham AL 35203, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. S. H. Kress Five-And-Ten Cent Store (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Clark Building (about 400 feet away); Temple Wilson Tutwiler, II / Tutwiler Hotel (about 600 feet away); The Alabama Theatre
Civil Rights Freedom Riders Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Carr, March 10, 2008
2. Civil Rights Freedom Riders Marker
(about 600 feet away); Brock Drugs Building (about 700 feet away); Eddie James Kendrick (about 700 feet away); Title Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); Green Acres Café (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Birmingham.
 
Also see . . .  NPR's Get On the Bus: The Freedom Riders of 1961 by Terry Gross. (Submitted on January 21, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama.)
 
Categories. African AmericansCivil Rights
 
The Birmingham Greyhound Bus Station image. Click for full size.
By Tim Carr, February 13, 2010
3. The Birmingham Greyhound Bus Station
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. This page has been viewed 2,219 times since then and 241 times this year. Last updated on , by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama.   3. submitted on , by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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