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Anniston in Calhoun County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Trailways Bus Station Attack

May 14, 1961

— Anniston Civil Rights Trail —

 
 
Trailways Bus Station Attack Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, August 5, 2017
1. Trailways Bus Station Attack Marker
Inscription.  Throughout the first half of the 20th century, race relations in the South were dominated by local "Jim Crow" laws. Although in 1960 the Supreme Court ruled that racial segregation violated the Interstate Commerce Act, local laws persisted.

When a desegregated bus carrying black and white "Freedom Riders" arrived at the Trailways Bus Station in Anniston on this date, a group of young white men came aboard to enforce segregated seating: whites in front, blacks in back. The men beat the Riders, forcing them to segregate. After police intervened, the bus continued to Birmingham with the badly injured Freedom Riders kept separated by their attackers.
 
Erected 2016 by City of Anniston Historic Trails Program. (Marker Number 2.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansCivil RightsRoads & Vehicles. In addition, it is included in the Anniston Civil Rights Trail, Alabama series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1960.
 
Location. 33° 39.352′ N, 85° 49.779′ 
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W. Marker is in Anniston, Alabama, in Calhoun County. Marker is at the intersection of Noble Street and 9th Street, on the right when traveling north on Noble Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 901 Noble Street, Anniston AL 36201, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Trailways Attack (here, next to this marker); 906 Noble Street (within shouting distance of this marker); 910 Noble Street (within shouting distance of this marker); 913 Noble Street (within shouting distance of this marker); 920 Noble Street (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); First Lot Sold (about 500 feet away); 1005 Noble Street (about 500 feet away); 15 W. 10th Street (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Anniston.
 
Trailways Bus Station Attack Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, August 5, 2017
2. Trailways Bus Station Attack Marker
Trailways Bus Station Attack display. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, August 5, 2017
3. Trailways Bus Station Attack display.
Trailways Bus Station Attack display. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton
4. Trailways Bus Station Attack display.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 5, 2017. It was originally submitted on August 5, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 1,071 times since then and 79 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 5, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.

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