Trailways Bus Station Attack

Trailways Bus Station Attack (HM20GD)

Location: Anniston, AL 36201 Calhoun County
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N 33° 39.352', W 85° 49.779'

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May 14, 1961

—Anniston Civil Rights Trail —

Throughout the first half of the 20th century, race relations in the South were dominated by local "Jim Crow" laws. Although in 1960 the Supreme Court ruled that racial segregation violated the Interstate Commerce Act, local laws persisted.

When a desegregated bus carrying black and white "Freedom Riders" arrived at the Trailways Bus Station in Anniston on this date, a group of young white men came aboard to enforce segregated seating: whites in front, blacks in back. The men beat the Riders, forcing them to segregate. After police intervened, the bus continued to Birmingham with the badly injured Freedom Riders kept separated by their attackers.
HM NumberHM20GD
Year Placed2016
Placed ByCity of Anniston Historic Trails Program
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, August 5th, 2017 at 10:02pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 608516 N 3724614
Decimal Degrees33.65586667, -85.82965000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 39.352', W 85° 49.779'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 39' 21.12" N, 85° 49' 46.74" W
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Area Code(s)256
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 901 Noble St, Anniston AL 36201, US
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