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Itinerary

Between May and December of 1961, 436 Freedom Riders took part in more than sixty Rides. They had various points of origination and termination, but all Riders had the same goals: to test and challenge segregated travel facilities throughout the South, and awaken the nation’s conscience to the reality and injustice of segregation.

Like the very first Freedom Ride in 1961, the 2011 Student Freedom Ride began in Washington, DC. The journey began with a series of events in partnership with many original Freedom Riders who gathered for 50th anniversary events. Then the ten-day journey took students from Washington to Jackson, Mississippi.

2011 Student Freedom Ride Itinerary

Day 1 – Saturday, May 7

  • Washington, DC

Day 2 – Sunday, May 8

  • Washington, DC
  • Fredericksburg, VA
  • Richmond, VA
  • Petersburg, VA
  • Farmville, VA
  • Lynchburg, VA

Day 3 – Monday, May 9

  • Lynchburg, VA
  • Greensboro NC
  • High Point NC
  • Charlotte, NC

Day 4 – Tuesday, May 10

  • Charlotte, NC
  • Rock Hill, SC
  • Winnsboro, SC
  • Augusta, GA

Day 5 – Wednesday, May 11

  • Augusta, GA
  • Atlanta GA
  • Anniston AL

Day 6 – Thursday, May 12

  • Anniston, AL
  • Nashville, TN

Day 7 – Friday, May 13

  • Nashville, TN
  • Birmingham, AL

Day 8 – Saturday, May 14

  • Birmingham, AL
  • Montgomery AL

Day 9 – Sunday, May 15

  • Montgomery, AL
  • Selma, AL

Day 10 – Monday, May 16

  • Jackson, MS
  • New Orleans, LA

Learn more about the significance of these cities and towns in this interactive map.


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