Historic Markers Across Alabama

Anniston Memorial Hospital

Marker ID: ACRT 7
Location: 400 East 10th Street, Anniston, AL
County: Calhoun
Coordinates: N 33° 39.422    W 085° 49.412
  33.65703333    -85.82353333
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: None


Anniston Memorial Hospital
May 14, 1961

—Anniston Civil Rights Trail —

When seven injured "Freedom Riders" arrived at the Hospital on this date, the mob that had attacked them earlier in the day followed. The Riders were testing desegregation of public transportation in the South by riding buses. The bus they had been riding was attacked at the Anniston Greyhound bus station and again six miles outside the city.

When asked by Hospital staff to separate into black and white waiting rooms, the Riders refused. The staff proceeded to treat the Riders, defying the demands of the extremists gathered outside. Meanwhile, Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth organized parishioners in Birmingham to retrieve the Riders from Anniston.

Erected 2016 by City of Anniston Historic Trails Program.


Pictures of this marker maybe found on HMDB.org.

More information:
Anniston Civil Rights Trail Map (PDF)
Wikipedia - Mob violence in Anniston and Birmingham
Wikipedia - Freedom Riders
Wikipedia - Jim Crow laws

End of Anniston Memorial Hospital