Some 100 people braved the heat in downtown Montgomery on Saturday, May 24th to witness the unveiling of the first in a series of exhibits about the 1961 Freedom Rides. The exhibit, located on the outer structure of the former Greyhound Bus Station at 210 South Court Street, honors the many who stood up for justice by taking a ride for freedom during the turbulent Civil Rights Movement.
Among those in attendance were Attorney Fred Gray of Tuskegee, who represented Rosa Parks and many others during the struggle for voting and civil rights in America, and some 11 original members of the group that became known as the Freedom Riders. “The exhibit is a great addition to the historical and cultural attractions that already so richly define Alabama’s River Heritage region,” says Alabama Tourism’s Publications Manager Marilyn Jones Stamps.
The exhibit, a project of the Alabama Historical Commission, will remain on display at the site until a permanent Freedom Riders museum is established. Long-range plans, which organizers anticipate may take up to five years to complete, include the establishment of a permanent museum to be housed in the old Moore building, directly across from where the exhibit is now currently being displayed. To learn more, visit www.montgomerybusstation.org