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April 30, 2021


Restored Vintage Greyhound Bus to be unveiled at 

Freedom Rides 60th Anniversary Event


(Montgomery, AL) – The Freedom Rides Museum, a historic property of the Alabama Historical Commission, will hold a ceremony commemorating the 60th Anniversary of the Freedom Rides on Tuesday, May 4, at 10 a.m. At the event, the museum will debut a restored Greyhound bus of the vintage that would have been in service during the Freedom Rides.


The event date is significant, coinciding with the day 60 years ago that the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) Freedom Riders left Washington, D.C. traveling to New Orleans to protest segregated bus terminals. The Freedom Rides, which took place throughout the South that summer, would ultimately lead the Interstate Commerce Commission into issuing regulations prohibiting segregation in interstate transit terminals in the fall of 1961, under pressure from the Kennedy administration.


“As we celebrate the arrival of the restored Greyhound Bus and its symbolic representation of the courage of the Freedom Riders, we also commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the Rides and their impact on equal rights for all Americans,” said AHC Commission Chairman Eddie Griffith. “The Freedom Rides Museum has hosted past reunions of the Freedom Riders who gathered to share their stories and we are honored again to have Dr. Bernard Lafayette, Jr., return for this commemoration.”


A highlight of the ceremony will be the unveiling of a restored vintage Greyhound Bus, which was in operation during the Freedom Rides. The bus will become part of the museum’s permanent exhibit and a mobile extension of the museum’s exhibits, featuring a soundscape exhibit, interpretive banners and a vintage suitcase exhibit.


The program will include one of the student Freedom Riders attacked at the Montgomery Greyhound Bus Station on May 20, 1961, Dr. Bernard Lafayette, Jr., along with representatives from other sites in the City of Montgomery that played a role in the Freedom Rides such as First Baptist “Brick-a-Day” Church, City of St. Jude, and the Harris family along with officials from the AHC, other local, state and federal officials, and the Friends of the Freedom Rides Museum.


The event also marks the 10th anniversary of the opening of the Freedom Rides Museum in Montgomery. The Museum is housed in the historic Greyhound Bus Station where the Freedom Riders arrived here on their journey for justice.


“The Freedom Rides Museum is an integral part of this important story,” said Lisa D. Jones, AHC Executive Director and State Historic Preservation Officer. “History happened here. Preserving this place helps bring to life a critical part of the civil rights story, and the role Montgomery and the state of Alabama played in it.”


The Freedom Rides Museum is a historic property of the Alabama Historical Commission. For more information, visit



About the Freedom Rides Museum

Working with concerned citizens, The Alabama Historical Commission saved the Greyhound Bus Station from demolition in the mid-1990s. The Museum is located at 210 S. Court Street, at the intersection of S. Court St. and Adams Avenue in downtown Montgomery. An award-winning exhibit on the building's exterior traces the Freedom Riders' history. It uses words and images of the Freedom Riders, those who supported them, and those who opposed them. Interior exhibits highlight additional information on the Freedom Riders and the way in which buildings were designed for racial segregation. Today, the Alabama Historical Commission operates this significant site.


About the Alabama Historical Commission

Located in historic downtown Montgomery at 468 S. Perry Street, the Alabama Historical Commission is the state historic preservation agency for Alabama. The agency was created by an act of the state legislature in 1966 with a mission to protect, preserve and interpret Alabama’s historic places. AHC works to accomplish its mission through two fields of endeavor: Preservation and promotion of state-owned historic sites as public attractions; and, statewide programs to assist people, groups, towns, and cities with local preservation activities. For a complete list of programs and properties owned and operated by the AHC, hours of operation, and admission fees please visit  



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