Freedom Riders looks at six months in 1961 when more than 400 courageous Americans - old and young, black and white, men and women, Northern and Southern - risked their lives to challenge segregated facilities in the South. The exhibit tells the harrowing and inspirational civil rights story that changed American forever. The exhibition combines powerful photography, news coverage, and first-hand audio accounts to create a moving and empowering experience for viewers.
In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday, the U.S. Courts and The Judicial Learning Center will host this national touring exhibition. Freedom Riders will be displayed on the 3rd Floor of the Thomas F. Eagleton U.S. Courthouse through January 24, 2013. The Eighth Circuit Law Library will display a panel exhibit highlighting the Little Rock school desegregation case on the 28th Floor lobby, to run concurrently.
Freedom Riders, created by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and PBS's flagship history series American Experience, is funded through a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities