COURAGE UNDER FIRE: THE 1961 BURNING OF THE FREEDOM RIDER’S BUS
Thanks to a gift of photographic prints from the Anniston, Alabama law firm of Merrill, Merrill, Mathews & Allen, BCRI was able to create an exhibition entitled Courage Under Fire: The 1961 Burning of the Freedom Rider’s Bus.
The photographs were taken by Joseph Postiglione on May 14, 1961, the day that a group of Freedom Riders onboard a Greyhound bus was attacked by locals opposed to the desegregation of public transportation facilities. The images, which quickly made the news wires, helped make Alabama synonymous with violent resistance to desegregation during the course of the long movement for Civil and Human Rights in the United States.
64 black and white photographs (framed)
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