Warner Museums was honored to be chosen as the design company to help bring to life the story of the Freedom Riders. We went to work understanding the goal of this exhibit would be to forever educate people on the importance of the courage of these young people.
In 1961 groups of volunteers made history by challenging the practice of segregated travel through the South. They called themselves Freedom Riders as they crossed racial barriers in depots and onboard buses.
When visiting this exhibit you will find that there is educational signage on the outside of the building as well as a path to guide you through the journey across the country on the inside of the building. The exhibit retains an original wall from the 1961 Greyhound bus station.
Freedom Riders, black and white, male and female, none of them older than 22, stepped off a bus at the Montgomery Greyhound Station on May 20, 1961. They were prepared to meet mob violence with non-violence and courage. They prepared farewell letters and wills. Their goal was to help end racial segregation in public transportation. And they did.