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Montgomery Greyhound Bus Station,
Montgomery County, Alabama

[photo] Montgomery Greyhound Bus Station

The Montgomery Greyhound Bus Station, located at 210 S. Court Street in Montgomery, Alabama, was made famous world-wide on May 20, 1961, when the Freedom Riders, a group of civil rights activists and students who wanted to test the validity and enforcement of segregation on the nation’s new interstate system in the south, were attacked by a white mob awaiting their arrival at the station. The South was the scene of many civil rights struggles where state laws segregated African Americans and European Americans. The Montgomery Greyhound Bus Station itself is a small, modest, single-story building constructed in 1950-51, but has earned its place in history by focusing the federal government to intervene instead of deferring to states to solve civil rights issues.

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