Conservation Fund releases video commemorating the Freedom Riders

Freedom Riders
Freedom Riders Greyhound Bus Depot Site. (Pat Byington / Bham Now)

An inspirational tribute took place in Birmingham on May 14 to honor the 62nd anniversary of the historic Freedom Rides. The Conversation Fund and other historic preservation partners organized an event that included firsthand accounts from some of the Freedom Riders themselves.

Remembering the Freedom Riders

The Conservation Fund gathering commemorated and highlighted the courage and bravery of the many Freedom Riders who joined together to stand against unjust segregation laws in the south. In the spring of 1961, 13 men and women boarded two buses in Washington, D.C. and headed south in protest of interstate transportation segregation laws. But their bravery was met with violence.

As this year marks the the 62nd anniversary of the Freedom Rides hear from passengers about their experiences from the horrific day in a video put together by the Conversation Fund.

“Hearing the personal stories, struggles and experiences of prominent Civil Rights leaders and participants is such a unique and special opportunity. Their bravery and dedication continue to inspire us today.”

Phillip Howard, Civil Rights people and places program manager, The Conservation Fund

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Lauren Perry
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