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Villa Rica in Carroll County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Freedom Riders

 
 
Freedom Riders Marker image. Click for full size.
By Ernest Everett Blevins, May 14, 2011
1. Freedom Riders Marker
Inscription. The Villa Rica bus station, formerly located on this site, was on the route of the 1961 Freedom Riders that departed Washington, D.C. on May 4, 1961 with New Orleans, Louisiana, as its final destination.

Freedom riders were civil rights activists who rode public buses on interstate routes through the southeast to test rulings outlawing racial segregation.

While the resolve of the freedom riders was challenged by violence elsewhere, they passed through Villa Rica without serious incident on May 14, 1961
 
Erected 2011 by Villa Rica Historic Preservation Commission.
 
Location. 33° 43.843′ N, 84° 55.146′ W. Marker is in Villa Rica, Georgia, in Carroll County. Marker is on South Carroll Street near South Carroll Road and Montgomery Street (U.S.78) (U.S. 78), on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 106-108 South Carroll Road, Villa Rica GA 30180, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Villa Rica Explosion (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Bank of Villa Rica (about 400 feet away); Villa Rica's Textile Industry (about
Freedom Riders Marker in front of 106 South Carroll Road, Villa Rica, Georgia image. Click for full size.
By Ernest Everett Blevins, May 14, 2011
2. Freedom Riders Marker in front of 106 South Carroll Road, Villa Rica, Georgia
Formally numbered 100 South Carroll Road, the building to the left (north) is the original bus station. The right (south) building was an auto parts and garage in 1961 was built in 1938. Inside this building the original exterior "bus depot" sign is still visible above the ceiling line. The former bus station received a new north facade (not visible) and inappropriate window additions a few years ago.
600 feet away); Thomas A. Dorsey (approx. 0.4 miles away); Fullerville Jail (approx. 1.1 miles away); The Grove (approx. 3.4 miles away); Vansant Brothers (approx. 9.8 miles away); Douglas County (approx. 9.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Villa Rica.
 
More about this marker. The location of the bus station is actually at 106 and still stands. The southern building at 108 was a car repair shop which was built after the bus station because the northern building has "bus station" painted on the south side and is preserved in the interior of 108.
Several years ago while the recorder getting historic preservation going in Villa Rica discovered the connection with the site and the Freedom Riders. Removed from the committee for attempting to save the 1951 Old Clinic/Library, the oldest international style structure in West Georgia (now gone) next door was removed to "present a unified face."
The marker fails to note the significance of the day for this was one of the few stops that the Freedom Riders bus made on that day before it was attacked and burned outside Anniston, Alabama. The bus is now in the Birmingham Civil Rights Museum.
Photographed on 15 May 2011 on the 50th anniversary, it will be dedicated on 16 May.
 
Also see . . .
1. Freedom Riders - PBS. (Submitted on May 19, 2011, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
2. Freedom riders - Wikipedia. (Submitted on May 19, 2011, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
 
Categories. Civil RightsRoads & Vehicles
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 14, 2011, by Ernest Everett Blevins of Villa Rica, Georgia. This page has been viewed 842 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 17, 2011, by Ernest Everett Blevins of Villa Rica, Georgia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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