American Experience has partnered with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History to create a traveling exhibit 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 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. Demanding unrestricted access to terminal restaurants and waiting rooms, they were met with bitter racism, mob violence, and imprisonment along the way. But their courage and sacrifice over eight months in 1961 changed America forever.
The exhibit is located on the Library's upper level near our upper circulation desk and entrance. It will remain in the Library through February 26.
For the full Black History Month calendar and full descriptions of events, visit the COD Black History Month website. To learn more about African-American history, visit the Library's African-American History research guide.