Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Freedom Riders 1961

Since I try to go somewhere at least once a week, I decided on  The History Center located  downtown Birmingham inside Young and Vann Supply Company.  Young and Vann is no more operable as a supply company. It is a large redone warehouse that has been updated for other purposes as so many downtowns have done to preserve  what's already there.

"From May until November 1961, more than 400 black and white Americans risked their lives-many endured savage beatings and imprisonment-for simply traveling together on buses and trains as they journeyed through the Deep South.  Theirs is the powerful, harrowing and ultimately inspirational story of courageous action that changed America forever." (copied from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History flyer)
Click any of the photos to enlarge and read
 To learn more about several of the exhibits you could use you cell phone  to dial a number that told of the experiences many of these riders had. The stories were told by  the people who experienced them.I'd left my cell in the car but the number is 617-245-3907. Enter the number (1-9) that is next to the item you want to hear about press the # key.
When I got home I  used my cell to call the number above. Their stories were interesting and informative.

Click the following link to find out more about the Freedom Riders

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