Mothers Day and Freedom Riders

No, not that Freedom Rider. We’re talking about the dark day in Anniston, Ala., in 1961. Where were it not for the revolver rounds fired by a Alabama state trooper, a dozen or more innocent Civil Rights activists would have suffered life-threatening or worse injuries at the hands of a hoodlum mob of racists. Freedom Riders were en route from Washington D.C. to New Orleans when, it was learned later, law enforcement officials decided the ride would end in Alabama. KKK-backed forces provided the bombs and the muscle while police pretty much did nothing. Mothers Day in Anniston and Birmingham would never be the same. Both Anniston and Birmingham are heavy industrial manufacturing areas.

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