The Freedom Riders Park committee is proud to have coordinated recognition of this historic event and designation of the new Freedom Riders National Monument. 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, this monument is now a reality. Stay tuned for details regarding celebrations, fundraisers, and other public events as we develop Freedom Riders National Monument.

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

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