Historic Markers Across Georgia

Freedom Riders

Marker ID:  
Location: 106 S. Carroll Road, Villa Rica, GA
County: Carroll
Coordinates: N 33° 43.823    W 084° 55.143
  33.73038333    -84.91905
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: None
Freedom Riders Marker
Photo by David Seibert


The Villa Rica bus station, formerly on this site, was on the route of the 1961 Freedom Ride 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 interstates 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, 1861.

Villa Rica Historic Preservation Commission
Celebrating the hallmarks of the South

Freedom Riders
Photo by David Seibert