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Freedom Rides Museum, Montgomery

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The Freedom Rides Museum is located at 210 South Court Street in Montgomery, Alabama, in the building which was until 1995 the Montgomery Greyhound Bus Station. It was the site of a violent attack on participants in the 1961 Freedom Ride during the Civil Rights Movement. The May 1961 assaults, carried out by a mob of white protesters who confronted the civil rights activists, "shocked the nation and led the Kennedy Administration to side with civil rights protesters for the first time."
The property is no longer used as a bus station, but the building was saved from demolition and its façade has been restored. The site was leased by the Alabama Historical Commission and a historical marker was located in front of the building. In 2011, a museum was opened inside the building, and it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The museum won a national preservation award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 2012.
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  • First, you can’t take photos. But that’s okay, this is mostly a factual museum. Based in a former bus terminal associated with the freedom rides, it lays out the very important and dangerous... 
    First, you can’t take photos. But that’s okay, this is mostly a factual museum. Based in a former bus terminal associated with the freedom rides, it lays out the very important and dangerous...  more »
  • We were doing a walking tour of the Civil Rights sites in Montgomery which were closed for a National Holiday. A member of staff came out and gave a map and a great deal of useful information. Thank.....  more
    We were doing a walking tour of the Civil Rights sites in Montgomery which were closed for a National Holiday. A member of staff came out and gave a map and a great deal of useful information. Thank.....  more »
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  • It's closed on Sunday so we were only able to walk around the outside of the museum. Despite being closed, there was a ton of information posted outside the building. It's well worth the stop to learn the details of such historic events and such brave and selfless people. We also stopped by the Baptist Church where the Freedom Riders hid after the initial attack. It's only a few minutes away.
  • This was a wonderful experience that was packed with so much history. One of my favorite parts was to actually see and read a green book. Staff was very helpful and knowledgeable! Exhibit was intriguing and facility was inviting and clean.

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