Anniston in Calhoun County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
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.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Civil Rights • Roads & Vehicles. A significant historical month for this entry is May 1919.
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 Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Anniston AL 36201, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Town of Hobson City, Alabama (approx. 4 miles away); The City of Oxford Cemetery (approx. 4.3 miles away); Historic Oxford (approx. 4.6 miles away); Simmons Park (approx. 4.6 miles away); Creek Indian Campaign Memorial (approx. 4.6 miles away); Southern Railway Station Attack (approx. 4.6 miles away); Seventeenth Street Missionary Baptist Church, Organized 1887 (approx. 4.6 miles away); West 15th Street Historic District (approx. 4.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Anniston.
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Also see . . .
1. Freedom Rides. CORE website entry (Submitted on September 14, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama.)
2. The Freedom Riders, Then and Now. Smithsonian Magazine website entry (Submitted on September 14, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama.)
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