• Short Summary

    The streets of Montgomery, Alabama, were filled with National Guardsmen, Highway Patrol cars, and armed police May 24 as young Negro "Freedom Riders" - and white passengers - prepared to continue their journey through the deep south to test the Southern bus station segregation barriers - final destination: New Orleans.

  • Description

    The streets of Montgomery, Alabama, were filled with National Guardsmen, Highway Patrol cars, and armed police May 24 as young Negro "Freedom Riders" - and white passengers - prepared to continue their journey through the deep south to test the Southern bus station segregation barriers - final destination: New Orleans.

    An impressive escort of 80 men of the Alabama National Guard, eight Highway Patrol cars and a swarm of police cyclists surrounded the two bus-loads of Negroes as they left for Jackson, Mississippi - the next stage of their travels.

    On arrival at Jackson, a Negro Minister explained why the "Freedom Riders" would prefer to travel without their armed escort (SOF):
    Later, local police arrested and imprisoned the 27 Negro members of the group after they had entered the lunch room in the white section at the bust depot. They were charged with: refusing to obey the legal orders of an officer, breach of the peace, and attempting to incite a riot.

    The "Freedom Riders" were the cause of a violent racial clash in Alabama May 14 when White segregationists burned their bus and badly mauled many of the passengers.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAY2JHPJ5LQCX24E2FNG0XRS7A
    Media URN:
    VLVAY2JHPJ5LQCX24E2FNG0XRS7A
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/05/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:24:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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