AAA Editor Notes
Freedom Rides Museum is at 210 S. Court St. at jct. Adams Ave., behind the courthouse. This museum is housed in the Greyhound bus station where 21 youths, all under age 22, arrived by bus May 20, 1961, to peacefully protest racial segregation on public transportation. Despite their nonviolent approach, they were met with violence. The museum showcases their bravery with photographs, artworks, quotes and outdoor exhibit panels. A video booth plays interviews with many of the Freedom Riders who have visited the museum.
The building has been preserved to its 1968 appearance as much as possible, and the separate entrance for African-American passengers can still be seen as well as the waiting room and restaurant areas designated for white passengers only. Guides are available to share information, but visitors may also tour the museum on their own.
Guided tours are available. Time: Allow 1 hour minimum.