Historic Markers Across Alabama

Freedom Riders

Marker ID: AHA 
Location: AL Hwy 202 at mile marker 4 southwest of Anniston, AL
County: Calhoun
Coordinates: N 33° 38.084    W 085° 54.602
  33.63473333    -85.91003333
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: None


On May 14, 1961, a Greyhound bus left Atlanta, GA carrying among its passengers seven members of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), a.k.a. the "Freedom Riders," on a journey to test interstate bus segregation. The bus was met by an angry mob at the bus station in Anniston, AL where tires were slashed and windows broken. Upon leaving Anniston, the bus was followed by the mob to this site where the driver stopped to change the tire. The crowd set the bus on fire and attacked passengers as they departed. The incident served to strengthen the resolve for the civil rights movement.

End of Freedom Riders