May 20, 1961On May 20, 1961, a group of black and white SNCC members led by John Lewis left Birmingham for Montgomery on a Greyhound bus. They were determined to continue the "Freedom Ride" from Washington, D.C. to New Orleans that had met with violence in Birmingham. Their purpose was to test a court case, "Boynton vs. Virginia," declaring segregation in bus terminals unconstitutional. Upon arriving in Montgomery, their police escort disappeared, and an angry mob of over 200 Klan supporters attacked and injured them at the Greyhound terminal. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy was so enraged that he sent in 450 U.S. Marshals and thus became active in the movement.
|Placed By||Greyhound and Kenneth Mullinax Jr|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 at 3:39am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||16S E 565002 N 3582173|
|Decimal Degrees||32.37465000, -86.30900000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 32° 22.479', W 86° 18.54'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||32° 22' 28.74" N, 86° 18' 32.40" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 210 S Court St, Montgomery AL 36104, US|
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