FREEDOM RIDERS WELCOMED TO MISSISSIPPI
A national historic gathering in Jackson, Mississippi, May 22-26, 2011, welcomed 75 brave women and men who risked their lives to embark on the Freedom Rides in 1961 as they sought to eradicate racial barriers in interstate transportation. They traveled back to Mississippi, some for the first time in 50 years, to be honored by the citizens of Jackson and the state — the place that had arrested and charged them with Breach of Peace and incarcerated them in the city and county jails and the state penitentiary at Parchman. Ceremonies, educational programs, receptions, worship services, exhibits, performances, and tours brought Riders and the public together, including many young people, to remember, learn, and take inspiration from the courageous sacrifices of these remarkable heroes. This website documents the experiences of Return of the Freedom Riders week, community events leading up to the Reunion, activities that have taken place since, and reflections by the Freedom Riders themselves. This record was made possible by the Ford Foundation, the Reunion sponsors, and the Mississippi Freedom 50th Foundation, Inc.