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Archival Photographs

A Birmingham Tableau

  Photo by Tommy Langston: A Klan-led mob beats a Freedom Rider at the Birmingham Bus Station, May 14, 1961 Fifty-eight years ago today the Freedom Riders were attacked twice in Alabama, yielding two iconic images of the movement. First came the burning bus just outside Anniston, the result of a Klan firebomb. Later in […]

New Footage of the Freedom Riders in Jackson

Mississippi, U.S.A. — a 30-minute TV news report first aired 55 years ago — is a significant new addition to the visual history of the Freedom Rides, and a stark portrait of Jackson on the verge of great change. The news report covered the arrival of the first Riders into Jackson on May 24, 1961. […]

The Rebel Army

Life magazine has just released its photo archive to the web — about 10 million images, most of which have never been published — on a site hosted by Google. I quickly searched for photographs from the Freedom Rides, and found several images that are new to me. The one above was shot by Joseph […]