“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Anniston in Calhoun County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)

Freedom Riders

Freedom Riders Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Tim & Renda Carr, September 14, 2010
1. Freedom Riders Marker
Inscription. On May 14, 1961, a Greyhound bus left Atlanta, GA carrying among its passengers seven members of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), a.k.a. the “Freedom Riders,” on a journey to test interstate bus segregation. The bus was met by an angry mob at the bus station in Anniston, AL where tires were slashed and windows broken. Upon leaving Anniston, the bus was followed by the mob to this site where the driver stopped to change the tire. The crowd set the bus on fire and attacked passengers as they departed. The incident served to strengthen the resolve for the civil rights movement.
Erected 2007 by Alabama Historical Association and Sponsored by Theta Tau Chapter of Omega PSI Phi Fraternity Inc. of Anniston.
Location. 33° 38.076′ N, 85° 54.623′ W. Marker is in Anniston, Alabama, in Calhoun County. Marker is on Albert P. Brewer Highway (State Highway 202) west of Old Birmingham Highway, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is located above mile marker 4 on Highway 202. Marker is in this post office area: Anniston AL 36201, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Grace Episcopal Church (approx. 5.1 miles away); Anniston World War
Freedom Riders Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Tim & Renda Carr, September 14, 2010
2. Freedom Riders Marker
Looking east toward the direction of Anniston with Highway 202 on the left, and the Old Birmingham Highway on the right. This is the same route that the bus had taken on that fateful day.
(approx. 5.1 miles away); Parker Memorial Baptist Church (approx. 5.1 miles away); Temple Beth El (approx. 5.2 miles away); Saint Michael and All Angels (approx. 5.3 miles away); Temple Beth El Section Hillside Cemetery (approx. 5.6 miles away); Governor Thomas E. Kilby (approx. 5.7 miles away); 27th. Division Veterans Memorial (approx. 6.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Anniston.
Also see . . .
1. CORE Freedom Rides. (Submitted on September 14, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama.)
2. The Freedom Riders, Then and Now from the Smithsonian Magazine. (Submitted on September 14, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama.)
Categories. African AmericansCivil RightsRoads & Vehicles
Freedom Rider's Burning Bus Photo, Click for full size
3. Freedom Rider's Burning Bus
Freedom Riders Marker viewed from Highway 202 Photo, Click for full size
By Tim & Renda Carr, September 14, 2010
4. Freedom Riders Marker viewed from Highway 202
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. This page has been viewed 2,865 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama.   4. submitted on , by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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