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The Freedom Riders National Monument's 60th Anniversary

Ep. 28

"In 1961, a small interracial band of “Freedom Riders” challenged discriminatory laws requiring separation of the races in interstate travel. They were attacked by white segregationists, who firebombed the bus. Images of the attack appeared in hundreds of newspapers, shocking the American public and spurring the Federal Government to issue regulations banning segregation in interstate travel." -Freedom Riders National Monument (U.S. National Park Service)


This week marks the 60th Anniversary of this historic event here in Calhoun County, and we were honored to interview Superintendent Kristofer Butcher and Park Ranger Jessica Epperson of the Freedom Riders National Monument to discuss the history of the Freedom Riders, the upcoming festivities, and the reopened bus site located in downtown Anniston.


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