This exhibition is on loan from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, and was created in partnership with WGBH Boston / The American Experience, which developed a major television special of the same name to celebrate the 50th anniversary of this seminal moment in civil rights history.
The self-proclaimed "Freedom Riders" challenged the habits of a racially segregated society by performing a disarmingly simple act—traveling together in small interracial groups, and sitting where they pleased on buses and trains. Demanding unrestricted access to terminal restaurants and waiting rooms, they were met with bitter racism, mob violence, and imprisonment along the way. But their courage and sacrifice over eight months in 1961 changed America forever.
This virtual tour was graciously provided by Round View Tours, a local Lake Wales company specializing in virtual tours. Check out there website here