Marking Anniversary of Freedom Rides

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Two former Freedom Riders are helping to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the trip through the Deep South to challenge racial segregation in public transportation systems.

Joan Trumpauer Mulholland and the Rev. Reginald Green were to appear Monday at the University of Mary Washington to remember the Freedom Rides and their organizer, the late James Farmer. Farmer was head of the Congress of Racial Equality who later became a professor at the Fredericksburg school.

Farmer and 12 others participated in the first Freedom Ride, traveling from Washington, D.C. in May 1961 into the Deep South, where they faced violent attacks from white mobs who opposed desegregation.

After news of the violence spread, hundreds of others joined the Freedom Rides, and hundreds were jailed that summer in Jackson, Mississippi, including Mulholland and Green.

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