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1961 Freedom Riders - The only time I wanted to run away from home was to join them. I was My attempt was unsuccessful.

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During 1961, student volunteers took bus trips through the South to test anti-segregation laws. They were known as freedom riders. They were often attacked while they were acting peacefully.

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Never forget the courage and sacrifice of the Freedom Riders. Firebombed Freedom Ride bus in Annison, Alabama, on Mother's Day, May 14, 1961. Photo courtesy of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.

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These are the mug shots of the Freedom Riders as they were arrested in 1961. Most of them were sent to the brutal Parchman Prison in Mississippi. These are only 32 of the 400 riders who fought for Freedom.

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Mugshots of Freedom Riders, Jackson Mississippi, 1961. I love their faces and the range of emotions. All the tiny and not so tiny smiles, as if they know something. I wonder if they knew they'd win.

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Honors Freedom Riders

Diane Nash- leader of the second wave of the Freedom Riders in the civil rights movement in the South. People were getting their heads beaten in with pipes and baseball bats, and they just kept coming. "Like a tree standing by the water, we shall not be moved." http://video.pbs.org/video/1925571160

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