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Civil Rights Movement in Montgomery: Freedom Rides

Guide to the exhibits in the LWLC's Civil Rights Interactive Room

Recommended Books

Recommended Links


Retrace the Rides

Oprah Winfrey's tribute to the Freedom Riders


American Experience: Freedom Riders

Documentary is based on Raymond Arsenault's book Freedom Riders:  1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice." 

About the Freedom Rides

  • Timeline 
    "Freedom Riders Timeline." WGBH American Experience
  • Overview  
    "Freedom Rides." Encyclopedia of Alabama
  • Perspectives  
    "Get on the bus: The Freedom Riders of 1961." National Public Radio-Fresh Air

Freedom Riders





Governor declares martial law 

See the proclamation at the Alabama Department of Archives & History website.  


Montgomery Advertiser Freedom Riders

See the Montgomery Advertiser microfilm in the LWLC Special Collections (First Floor) 

See Freedom Riders memobilia at the LWLC Archives (Second Floor)   






Oral Histories

Credit: Google Images

Congressman John Lewis discusses Freedom Rides. 

Credit: Google Images

Freedom Rides Organizer Diane Nash discusses the Movement. 


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