Two Freedom Riders, John Lewis (left) and Jim Zwerg, splattered with blood after being attacked and beaten in Montgomery, AL.
Freedom Riders in Alabama
Freedom Riders, including Jim Zwerg (far left) and Lucretia Collins (looking at camera), wait to board a bus in Alabama.
The Exchange Student
After deciding to participate in the Freedom Rides in May 1961, Jim Zwerg called his parents for support only to be told that he was "killing his father." As a white Freedom Rider, Zwerg was among the first to be attacked and sustained severe injuries.