2021 Roadtrip to Freedom Riders National Monument in Anniston Alabama on March 10th

My visit

As we were heading out of Alabama, Sadie and I stopped in Anniston to see the Freedom Riders National Monument. The pics below are of the Greyhound Bus Station site. There is also a site where the bus was set on fire, but I didn't photograph this site. The station site is down an alleyway. It wasn't well marked, so I drove past it a couple of times! LOL! There might have been a U-turn involved. (This is an inside joke that only those who have roadtripped with me will understand!)

General Info

(from https://www.nps.gov/frri/index.htm )

In 1961, a small interracial band of “Freedom Riders” challenged discriminatory laws requiring separation of the races in interstate travel. They were attacked by white segregationists, who firebombed the bus. Images of the attack appeared in hundreds of newspapers, shocking the American public and spurring the Federal Government to issue regulations banning segregation in interstate travel.

Greyhound Bus Station (1031 Gurnee Avenue) On Sunday, May 14, 1961, a group of segregationists, including members of the Ku Klux Klan, attacked the bus carrying African American and white Freedom Riders. The mob threw rocks, broke windows, and slashed the tires of the bus. Following police intervention the bus was able to depart for Birmingham, with the mob in pursuit. The former bus station is not currently open to the public. Today, the side of the adjacent building that borders the bus station’s driveway features a mural and educational panels about the events of May 14, 1961.

Bus Burning Site (Old Birmingham Highway/State Route 202) At this site, about six miles outside Anniston, the slashed tires of the Greyhound bus gave out and the driver was forced to pull over. The segregationist mob continued its attack, and someone eventually threw a bundle of flaming rags into the bus that exploded seconds later. Joseph “Little Joe” Postiglione, a freelance photographer, captured the scene. Little Joe’s photographs of the burning bus—which appeared in hundreds of newspapers on Monday morning—became iconic images of the civil rights movement. An Alabama Historical Marker identifies the site of the bus burning.

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My 2021 Roadtrip Slideshow set to "Black Mountain Side" by Led Zeppelin

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