Recent News: Federal officials to visit 2 Anniston historical sites

The Freedom Riders Park committee is proud to have coordinated recognition of this historic event and the possible development of a new National Park unit! Through countless meetings and continual partnering with the City of Anniston, the Calhoun County Commission, the National Park Service, as well as school groups, corporations, elected officials and many others, a Freedom Riders National Monument is now being considered. Stay tuned, and to all of you who have supported this effort, thank you!


Bill Harbour, Freedom Rider (1961) and FRP Committee Co-Chair
Pete Conroy, Jacksonville State Univ. and FRP Committee Co-Chair



May 14th, 1961

A Greyhound Bus left Atlanta, GA carrying among its passengers seven members of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), A.K.A. the "Freedom Riders," on a journey to test interstate bus segregation. The bus was met by an angry mob at the bus station in Anniston, AL where tires were slashed and windows broken.

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Background

Freedom Riders Park is intended for students, scholars, tourists, families, international visitors and unintended travelers. Through the development of this park, a small city’s inspirational story will be told and made more available as a part of the entire nation’s civil rights history.

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Help us build the Park

Your donation or pledge will help us to build Freedom Riders Park.

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