Passengers aboard one of the first two Freedom Rides buses escaped the vehicle after it was set on fire by angry whites outside of Anniston, Ala., on May 14, 1961. They had experienced other violence along the way, but after this, the first ride was aborted.
Passengers aboard one of the first two Freedom Rides buses escaped the vehicle after it was set on fire by angry whites outside of Anniston, Ala., on May 14, 1961. They had experienced other violence along the way, but after this, the first ride was aborted. © Bettmann/CORBIS
Passengers aboard one of the first two Freedom Rides buses escaped the vehicle after it was set on fire by angry whites outside of Anniston, Ala., on May 14, 1961. They had experienced other violence along the way, but after this, the first ride was aborted. © Bettmann/CORBIS

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