Press Release January 5, 2011
Press Release January 5, 2011
 
ANNISTON, AL - An array of activities commemorating the May 14, 1961 attacks on two busloads of Freedom Riders in Anniston will be held the week of May 9-15, 2011. Organized by the Spirit of Anniston, the downtown Anniston revitalization program, these events will commemorate the 50th  anniversary of the Greyhound bus burning and the Trailways bus attack, both of which became international incidents and sped the downfall of segregation in the south, will include:
 
  • An exhibit of 30 photographs of the Greyhound bus burning taken by Anniston Star photographer, Joseph Postiglione, on May 14, 1961. The exhibit will open May 11th at The Anniston-Calhoun County Public Library, and be up until June 30, 2011.
     
  • An invitation-only opening reception on May 11 for the exhibit and to welcome a busload of college students who are re-tracing the Freedom Rides in May under the guidance of Dr. Raymond Arsenault, whose book, Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice, is the basis for a PBS documentary that will air on American Experience on May 16th.
     
  • The unveiling on May 12th of the first phase of a local Civil Rights Trail that will include significant interpretive signage for the two bus station buildings.
     
  • A preview showing on May 10th of the PBS documentary produced by Stanley Nelson in which Anniston is prominently featured.
     
  • Racial reconciliation services at various churches on Sunday, May 15.