The saga of the Freedom Rides is an empowering story of courage and commitment. During the first year of John F. Kennedy’s presidency, more than four hundred Americans participated in a dangerous experiment designed to awaken the nation’s conscience. Despite two US Supreme Court decisions mandating the desegregation of interstate travel, racial integration was forbidden by law and custom in much of the Deep South.
NEW YORK, NY (May 4, 2011)—The Freedom Riders online exhibition is now available. In honor of the fiftieth anniversary of the Freedom Rides, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, in affiliation with WGBH Boston/The American Experience, has launched an online exhibition that brings the Riders and their plight to life digitally.