Freedom Riders remember events of 50 years ago
On May 4, 1961 the first Freedom Ride left Washington.
In that spring and summer, more than 400 men and women showed tremendous courage by challenging the Jim Crow laws in interstate travel, making their way from the capital to New Orleans.
Their goal was to end segregation on interstate buses and trains and in the restrooms, restaurants and waiting rooms in those terminals. This interracial movement captured the country's attention as the buses were burned and the young protesters severely beaten and jailed.
| February 8, 2011; 4:00 PM ET
Categories: Jacqueline Trescott, Museums, Smithsonian | Tags: 50th Anniversary of Freedom Rides, Diane Nash, Freedom Rides, James Lawson, Jim Zwerg, National Museum of American History, Rep. John Lewis, Smithsonian Institution
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