Freedom Riders Alabama

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Alagasco has unveiled the fourth of five gas lights commemorating the civil rights movement in Alabama.

   A ceremony was held Thursday in Anniston for a gas light recognizing the Freedom Riders. They set out across the South in 1961 to test enforcement of federal rules banning segregation on interstate bus travel. But their Greyhound bus was burned in Anniston and they were attacked by a mob.

   The light is located near the Freedom Riders mural in Anniston, and it is across the street from the original Greyhound bus station.

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A two-day bus tour to support the Voting Rights Act kicks off Tuesday morning in Jackson, Miss., and wraps up Wednesday afternoon in Montgomery, Ala.

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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 (http://bit.ly/RMX0Eh) 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.