50th anniversary of the Freedom Rides
Content related to the burning of the Freedom Riders bus in Anniston on May 14, 1961.
The passengers
Of the 14 passengers on the Greyhound bus, seven were Freedom Riders. Two are still living.
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Freedom Riders documentary screened in Anniston
“If we don’t tell our story," said Georgia Calhoun, "Somebody will tell it, the world will tell it.
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Anniston hosts series of bus-burning anniversary events
Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it, as the famous saying goes, and organizers of events surrounding the assault on Freedom Riders fifty years ago want others to understand that truth.
May 09, 2011 |  1 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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New class at Anniston High could become state model for teaching about Freedom Riders, civil rights history
“We need to say ‘history passed this way, and here’s what happened,’” says historian and columnist Harvey H. Jackson III. “If it’s important enough to know that a Spaniard named De Soto passed through here, then it’s important to know that a group of people risked their lives to pass through here to make things better.”
May 08, 2011 |  29 comments | 47 47 recommendations | email to a friend
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Performance serves as remembrance for anniversary of the Freedom Riders
It was sometime after Christmas — maybe in early fall — and Robin Bauer, coordinator for the Cheaha Dance Alliance, was preparing for a dance recital for her students. It would be a repeat of what the troupe performed the year before.
May 06, 2011 |  0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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More than 1,000 pages from the FBI investigation into the attack on the Freedom Riders bus outside Anniston on May 14, 1961. The files were requested by the Anniston Star. Many names have been redacted by the FBI. Click the images to view a full size version of the documents.
The Ride: Special Section


Read the full special section commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Ride. Click the image to view a full version of the document.

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On May 14, 1961, Joe Postiglione took photos of the attack on the Freedom Riders bus for publication in The Anniston Star. Sixty-four photos were given to the FBI as evidence, along with descriptions provided by Postiglione. Photos 1-17 were taken at the Greyhound Bus Station between 8 a.m. and 1:10 p.m. Photos 18-64 were taken at Forsyth's Grocery, west of Anniston on State Highway 202, between 1:30 and 2:10 p.m. These images were provided by the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. The final two photos were recently discovered in the Anniston Star photo archives.