Greyhound Bus Station Protest, May 14, 1961

Greyhound Bus Station Protest, May 14, 1961 (HM20GV)

Location: Anniston, AL 36201 Calhoun County
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N 33° 39.484', W 85° 49.879'

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—Anniston Civil Rights Trail —

This was the site of the Greyhound bus terminal where on May 14, 1961, a bus carrying black and white Civil Rights Activists known as "Freedom Riders" was attacked by a mob of whites who were protesting desegregation of public transportation facilities.

As the Riders remained on board, the mob hit the bus with bats and pipes, slashed its tires, and shouted insults. After local law enforcement intervened, the bus departed for Birmingham.

Inset photo: Protestors at Greyhound Bus Station. Photograph courtesy Public Library of Anniston and Calhoun County.

Continued on Reverse


Six miles outside Anniston on Alabama Highway 202, the Greyhound bus that had been attacked earlier by a mob of white extremists on this site was forced to stop because of a deflated tire. The pursuing mob intensified its attack and set the bus on fire, forcing the riders to depart. On board were "Freedom Riders" who were testing Boynton v. Virginia, the Supreme Court decision that segregation of public transportation was illegal.

After federal intervention at the site of the burning bus, the injured Riders were transported by ambulance to Anniston Memorial Hospital. The violence prompted a federal investigation.
HM NumberHM20GV
Year Placed2016
Placed ByCity of Anniston Historic Trails Program
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, August 6th, 2017 at 4:02pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 608358 N 3724856
Decimal Degrees33.65806667, -85.83131667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 39.484', W 85° 49.879'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 39' 29.04" N, 85° 49' 52.74" 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 1031 Gurnee Ave, Anniston AL 36201, US
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