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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 fa├žade 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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  • The Freedom Ride Museum is within walking distance of the Rosa Parks museum. You should definitely do both. Small, but good info.  more »
  • This is a small museum but there is a lot of bang in this little gem. The ladies at the museum were friendly, knowledgeable and very engaging! Do not miss this museum! It was our favorite our of a...  more »
  • Nice small Museum with great information. Our tour guide was full of information, and you can tell that she Loves her job.
  • So much important history in one small building. Don't skip this museum. The people who work there are incredibly kind and helpful.

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