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Civil Rights Freedom Riders

May 20, 1961

 
 
Civil Rights Freedom Riders Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 9, 2016
1. Civil Rights Freedom Riders Marker
Inscription. On May 20, 1961, a group of black and white SNCC members led by John Lewis left Birmingham for Montgomery on a Greyhound bus. They were determined to continue the "Freedom Ride" from Washington, D.C. to New Orleans that had met with violence in Birmingham. Their purpose was to test a court case, "Boynton vs. Virginia," declaring segregation in bus terminals unconstitutional. Upon arriving in Montgomery, their police escort disappeared, and an angry mob of over 200 Klan supporters attacked and injured them at the Greyhound terminal. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy was so enraged that he sent in 450 U.S. Marshals and thus became active in the movement.
 
Erected 1995 by Greyhound and Kenneth Mullinax Jr.
 
Location. 32° 22.479′ N, 86° 18.54′ W. Marker is in Montgomery, Alabama, in Montgomery County. Marker is at the intersection of South Court Street and Adams Avenue, on the right when traveling south on South Court Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 210 South Court Street, Montgomery AL 36104, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lomax House, 1848 (within shouting distance of this marker); The Frank M. Johnson, Jr. Federal Building and US Courthouse
Civil Rights Freedom Riders Marker in front of former Greyhound Bus Station. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 9, 2016
2. Civil Rights Freedom Riders Marker in front of former Greyhound Bus Station.
(about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Ladies Memorial Association (about 300 feet away); Montgomery County World War II Monument (about 300 feet away); Korean War (about 400 feet away); First Baptist Church (about 600 feet away); Montgomery County Korean War Veterans (about 700 feet away); Kahl Montgomery/Catoma Street Church of Christ (about 700 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Montgomery.
 
Also see . . .  Freedom Rides of 1961 (pdf file). (Submitted on January 12, 2014, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. African AmericansCivil Rights
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 416 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on October 14, 2016.
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