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Contact: Dorothy Walker, Site Director, The Freedom Rides Museum


dorothy.walker@ahc.alabama.gov, 334-230-2676


 

























March 1, 2022

                                                                                  

The Freedom Rides Museum presents “Freedom
Ride Friday Noon Perspectives” program in honor of Women’s History Month

 

(Montgomery,
AL) – The Freedom Rides Museum, a historic property of the Alabama Historical
Commission, will present a series of virtual conversations each Friday at Noon
in honor of Women’s History Month beginning Friday, March 4th at 12 pm. To join
the event, visit the Freedom Rides Museum Facebook page at
https://www.facebook.com/TheFreedomRidesMuseum.

 

This year, The Freedom Rides Museum will present a series of
conversations with women who were either involved in the Freedom Rides or whose
history intersected with the Freedom Riders. Unlike Civil Rights Movement
campaigns prior to 1960, women were involved in the leadership of the Freedom
Rides and made up approximately 50% of the Riders themselves.

 

Tune in each week to hear a virtual conversation between the
museum Site Director, Dorothy Walker, and a featured speaker who has made
significant contributions to the history of the Freedom Rides. Walker states
that, “Each March, the museum features and honors the significant sacrifices
and commitment that women made to the Freedom Rides and to the Civil Rights
Movement. Their struggle for equality not only extended to the larger society
but also within the movement itself. The museum is honored to present this
series of conversations to further promote the powerful, meaningful and
impactful history that women have helped to shape for generations.”

 

On Friday, March 4, the Freedom Rides Museum’s first Friday
conversation will be with Freedom Rider Joan C. Browning. Browning is a writer
and lecturer who lives in West Virginia. Her autobiographical writings include
an article published in the Fall 1996 Journal of Women’s History,
“Invisible Revolutionaries: White Women in Civil Rights Movement
Historiography” and “Shiloh Witness,” a chapter in the book Deep in Our
Hearts: Nine White Women in the Freedom Movement
. Browning writes and
lectures about growing up four miles from one of the South’s most rabid racist
politicians and about finding her way into the 1960’s civil rights movement in
the Deep South. She was expelled from Georgia State College for Women during
her junior year for attending services at a local Black church. She took a job
with the library at Emory University where she got involved with the Student
Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). Browning participated in the sit-in
movement, picketed segregated stores and facilities, and was on the Albany Freedom
Ride on December 10, 1961. She was the last Freedom Rider to be released from
jail.

 

 

 

 

 

 

About The Freedom Rides Museum

Working with concerned citizens, The
Alabama Historical Commission saved the Greyhound Bus Station from demolition
in the mid-1990s. The Museum is located at 210 S. Court Street, at the
intersection of S. Court St. and Adams Avenue in downtown Montgomery. An
award-winning exhibit on the building’s exterior traces the Freedom Riders’
history. It uses words and images of the Freedom Riders, those who supported
them, and those who opposed them. Interior exhibits highlight additional
information on the Freedom Riders and the way in which buildings were designed
for racial segregation. Today, the Alabama Historical Commission operates this
significant site.

 

About the Alabama Historical Commission

Located in historic downtown Montgomery at 468 S. Perry
Street, the Alabama Historical Commission is the state historic preservation
agency for Alabama. The agency was created by an act of the state legislature
in 1966 with a mission to protect, preserve and interpret Alabama’s
historic places. AHC works to accomplish its mission through two fields of
endeavor: Preservation and promotion of state-owned historic sites as public
attractions; and statewide programs to assist people, groups, towns, and cities
with local preservation activities. For a complete list of programs and
properties owned and operated by the AHC, hours of operation, and admission
fees please visit
ahc.alabama.gov  

 

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