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.