Remembering the "Freedom Riders"

May 24, 2016

This year marks the fifty fifth anniversary of civil rights event by a group known as the Freedom Riders. The Alabama Historical Commission gathered legislators, politicians and noted civil rights figures over the weekend to commemorate the occasion. In 1961, student activists aimed to end desegregation in transport by riding trains, planes and buses into the South. A bi-racial group of those activists was assaulted by a mob as they departed a bus in Montgomery in May 1961. Fifty five years later, many of those activists came back to the bus station, now a civil rights museum, to share their stories and remember the events. APR’s Alex AuBuchon attended the event and gives us this look at the ceremony.