October 14 – November 11, 2013 Location: Columbus State University, 4225 University Avenue, Columbus, GA
Location: 
Columbus State University, 4225 University Avenue, Columbus, GA

Freedom Riders, a traveling panel exhibition, follows the story of more than four hundred Americans who participated in a dangerous experiment in 1961 designed to awaken the nation’s conscience. Inspired by visions of social revolution, the self-proclaimed “Freedom Riders” challenged the mores of a racially segregated society by performing a disarmingly simple act—traveling together in small interracial groups and sitting where they pleased on buses and trains.

April 11 – May 9, 2013 Location: Silver Springs Martin Luther School, 512 West Township Line Road, Plymouth Meeting, PA
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Silver Springs Martin Luther School, 512 West Township Line Road, Plymouth Meeting, PA

Freedom Riders, a traveling panel exhibition, follows the story of more than four hundred Americans who participated in a dangerous experiment in 1961 designed to awaken the nation’s conscience. Inspired by visions of social revolution, the self-proclaimed “Freedom Riders” challenged the mores of a racially segregated society by performing a disarmingly simple act—traveling together in small interracial groups and sitting where they pleased on buses and trains.

March 18 – April 15, 2013 Location: Lindenhurst Senior High School, 300 Charles Street, Lindenhurst, NY
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Lindenhurst Senior High School, 300 Charles Street, Lindenhurst, NY

Freedom Riders, a traveling panel exhibition, follows the story of more than four hundred Americans who participated in a dangerous experiment in 1961 designed to awaken the nation’s conscience. Inspired by visions of social revolution, the self-proclaimed “Freedom Riders” challenged the mores of a racially segregated society by performing a disarmingly simple act—traveling together in small interracial groups and sitting where they pleased on buses and trains.

March 7 – April 4, 2013 Location: Southwest High School, 11914 Dragon Lane, San Antonio, TX
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Southwest High School, 11914 Dragon Lane, San Antonio, TX

Freedom Riders, a traveling panel exhibition, follows the story of more than four hundred Americans who participated in a dangerous experiment in 1961 designed to awaken the nation’s conscience. Inspired by visions of social revolution, the self-proclaimed “Freedom Riders” challenged the mores of a racially segregated society by performing a disarmingly simple act—traveling together in small interracial groups and sitting where they pleased on buses and trains.

January 31 – February 28, 2013 Location: Strong School, 191 Main Street, Durham, CT
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Strong School, 191 Main Street, Durham, CT

Freedom Riders, a traveling panel exhibition, follows the story of more than four hundred Americans who participated in a dangerous experiment in 1961 designed to awaken the nation’s conscience. Inspired by visions of social revolution, the self-proclaimed “Freedom Riders” challenged the mores of a racially segregated society by performing a disarmingly simple act—traveling together in small interracial groups and sitting where they pleased on buses and trains.

January 1 – 29, 2013 Location: Peace Learning Center, 6040 DeLong Road, Indianapolis, IN
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Peace Learning Center, 6040 DeLong Road, Indianapolis, IN

 

June 20 – July 17, 2012 Location: The Griot Museum of Black History, 2505 St. Louis Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63106
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The Griot Museum of Black History, 2505 St. Louis Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63106

Would you get on a bus to defend your ideals, even if it meant encountering violence? Fifty years ago, more than 400 ordinary Americans did. By 1960, two US Supreme Court decisions had ruled that requiring racial segregation in interstate travel was illegal. But the rulings were largely ignored in the South. To challenge this status quo, the Freedom Riders performed a simple act. They traveled into the segregated South in small interracial groups and sat where they pleased on interstate buses.

Freedom Riders

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Welcome to the online exhibition of Freedom Riders created by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History in partnership with PBS’s flagship history series, American Experience. It was created as a companion to the American Experience documentary “Freedom Riders.”

 

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March 6 – April 6, 2012 Location: Gerald R. Ford Museum, Grand Rapids, MI
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The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History has partnered with AMERICAN EXPERIENCE to create a traveling exhibit -- a moveable museum -- that tells the story of the 1961 Freedom Rides. A detailed narrative of the Rides is illustrated with vivid archival photos and newspaper clippings that document this pivotal event in the Civil Rights Movement. The exhibit is enhanced by companion audio that allows visitors to hear the poignant eyewitness accounts of the Riders who endured bitter racism and savage beatings, but ultimately changed America forever.