Ground is Broken for Freedom Riders Park

Oct 19, 2012

Crews broke ground on a park aimed at illustrating the violence as well as the hope embodied following a 1961 attack on civil rights workers.

The Anniston Star reports ( that the groundbreaking was held Thursday at Freedom Riders Park in the Anniston area.

The park commemorates a brutal attack on civil rights activists 51 years ago and the progress made since then.

A mob attacked a bus carrying civil rights activists known as Freedom Riders just outside Anniston on May 14, 1961 as they were traveling to test a Supreme Court decision desegregating travel stops. The attack didn't discourage integration as the mob intended, but rather firmed up resolve to enforce the Supreme Court rulings throughout the South.


Information from: The Anniston Star,

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