Freedom Riders, a traveling panel exhibition, follows the story of more than four hundred Americans who participated in a dangerous experiment in 1961 designed to awaken the nation’s conscience. Inspired by visions of social revolution, 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. Developed by the Gilder Lehrman Institute, the exhibition is a companion to the American Experience film produced for PBS with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
For more information about the host site, visit: www.silver-springs.org/
For more information about the exhibition, visit the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History: www.gilderlehrman.org/programs-exhibitions/freedom-riders-0