Historic Markers Across Alabama

Civil Rights Freedom Riders

Marker ID: AHC 
Location: 210 South Court Street, Montgomery, Alabama
County: Montgomery
Coordinates: N 32° 22.483    W 086° 18.541
  32.37471666    -86.30901666
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMD93Q


On May 20, 1961, a group of black and white SNCC members led by John Lewis left Birmingham for Montgomery on a Greyhound bus. They were determined to continue the "Freedom Ride" from Washington, D.C. to New Orleans that had met with violence in Birmingham. Their purpose was to test a court case, "Boynton vs. Virginia," declaring segregation in bus terminals unconstitutional. Upon arriving in Montgomery, their police escort disappeared, and an angry mob of over 200 Klan supporters attacked and injured them at the Greyhound terminal. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy was so enraged that he sent in 450 U.S. Marshals and thus became active in the movement.

Erected 1995 by Greyhound and Kenneth Mullinax, Jr.

End of Civil Rights Freedom Riders