Freedom Riders National Monument

Freedom Riders National Monument

National Monument · Calhoun County, Alabama
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1961 CORE Organizes Freedom Rides The Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), formed in Chicago in 1942, begins to organize Freedom Rides throughout the South to desegregate interstate public bus travel. Diane Nash plays a crucial role in sustaining the Rides from Tennessee into Mississippi, serving as a liaison between the press and the United States Department of Justice.
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The Struggle for Civil Rights 1960–1978
Smithsonian Institution22 places
This park, 90 miles west of Atlanta in Anniston, Alabama, tells the story of a small group of individuals who inspired a nation to fight against racial segregation. “Freedom Riders” set out in 1961 to challenge discriminatory state laws and local customs on buses and in bus stations. Throughout their journey, the Freedom Riders and their supporters were attacked. This park preserves sites associated with the Freedom Riders, including the site of a violent bus burning in the summer of 1961.
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10 National Parks In and Around Atlanta
National Park Foundation10 places
In 1961, Civil Rights activists on the Freedom Riders’ bus stopped at a bus station in Anniston, AL. Segregationists attacked them, breaking the windows and slashing the bus's tires. Today, the site features a mural of the bus and panels about the 1961 events. “In 1961, I got on a bus that was a comin’ my way. My bus brought about changes my parents’ generation hoped for in their dreams. Equal access in transportation [and] public facilities. It put me in dangers I never imagined.”
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Buses Are a Comin'
Macmillan Publishers14 places
This park tells the story of a small group of individuals who inspired a nation to fight against racial segregation. “Freedom Riders” set out in 1961 to challenge discriminatory state laws and local customs on buses and in bus stations, riding from Washington, D.C. to New Orleans. Throughout their journey, the Freedom Riders and their supporters were attacked. This park preserves sites associated with the Freedom Riders, including the site of a violent bus burning in the summer of 1961.
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Parks that Honor Trailblazing Movements
National Park Foundation10 places
This park, 90 miles west of Atlanta in Anniston, Alabama, tells the story of a small group of individuals who inspired a nation to fight against racial segregation. “Freedom Riders” set out in 1961 to challenge discriminatory state laws and local customs on buses and in bus stations. Throughout their journey, the Freedom Riders and their supporters were attacked. This park preserves sites associated with the Freedom Riders, including the site of a violent bus burning in the summer of 1961.
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National Parks that Honor Black History
National Park Foundation20 places

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