Alabama NewsCenter — Reflecting on the Freedom Rides of 1961

| September 14, 2021 @ 10:00 am

By Dorothy Walker, as told to Phillip Jordan

Sixty years ago, Montgomery’s Greyhound Bus Station, and many others across the South, were witness to scenes of violence as white mobs attacked Freedom Riders – most of them young people – attempting to force an end to segregated public facilities, including interstate buses, trains and terminals. In all, 436 riders, Black and white, participated in more than 90 Freedom Rides in 1961.

Dorothy Walker has a front-row seat to this history. She’s the site director of the Freedom Rides Museum in Montgomery, a historic site of the Alabama Historical Commission. The museum, and her office, is housed within the former Greyhound Bus Station.

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