• Short Summary

    Nine Negro student "Freedom Riders" were arrested May 28 when they arrived by bus at Jackson, Mississippi, and refused to leave a "Whites Only" rest room at the bus-depot.

  • Description

    Nine Negro student "Freedom Riders" were arrested May 28 when they arrived by bus at Jackson, Mississippi, and refused to leave a "Whites Only" rest room at the bus-depot.

    The arrested "Freedom Riders" -- dedicated to breaking segregated interstate bus transportation and terminal facilities in America's deep South -- alighted from their Memphis-to-New Orleans bus, and six of them strode into a "White Only" waiting room. A City Police captain ordered them to move on, but they refused, and he arrested them.

    Even as police arrested the students, nine more -- seven Negroes and two whites -- were boarding a bus for Jackson from Montgomery, Alabama, another racial trouble spot.

    Last week 27 "Freedom Riders" were arrested and subsequently convicted on breach of the peace charges. Five gained freedom on bond, but the twenty-two were put to work on a prison farm. The twenty men -- including two whites -- will work for just over two months on road gangs, wearing black and white striped prison uniforms, until they have worked off the 100-dollar fines. The two Negro girls will work in the farm kitchen and perform other such duties.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAA49BUR5E605EAM0EE49FQWE04
    Media URN:
    VLVAA49BUR5E605EAM0EE49FQWE04
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    30/05/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:03:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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