Over four hundred individuals participated in the Freedom Rides. View a list of their names and other biographical information below. Choose to see the list of riders as a Sortable List and click on the column headers to sort by that category (i.e. Name) or choose to see a list that is Grouped by Ride.

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 Roster of Freedom Riders

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Journey of Reconciliation

April 9-23, 1947

NameResidenceAgeSexRaceOccupation
Adams, LouisGreensboro, NCMWMethodist minister, FOR
Banks, DennisChicago, IL20MBJazz musician
Bromley, ErnestStonewall, NC35MWMethodist minister, FOR
Felmet, JosephAsheville, NC25MWLabor activist, Southern Workers Defense League
Houser, GeorgeNew York, NY31MWFOR, CORE executive secretary
Jack, HomerChicago, IL31MWUnitarian minister, CORE founder
Johnson, AndrewCincinnati, OH21MBLaw student at University of Cincinnati
Lynn, ConradNew York, NY39MBAttorney
Nelson, WallaceColumbus, OH38MBFOR peace activist, lecturer
Peck, JamesStamford, CT32MWEditor, Workers Defense League News Bulletin
Randle, WorthCincinnati, OH31MWBiologist
Roodenko, IgalNew York, NY30MWPrinter, horticulturist
Rustin, BayardNew York, NY35MBFOR, CORE staff, American Friends Service Committee
Stanley, EugeneGreensboro, NC30MBAgronomy instructor at North Carolina A&T College
Worthy, WilliamNew York, NY25MBJournalist, NY Council for a Permanent FEPC
Wright, NathanCincinnati, OH23MBChurch social worker, Cincinnati CORE chairman

CORE Freedom Ride

May 4-17, 1961

NameResidenceAgeSexRaceOccupation
Bergman, FrancesDetroit, MI57FWRetired elementary school teacher and administrator
Bergman, WalterDetroit, MI61MWRetired professor, Wayne State University and Univ. of Michigan
Bigelow, AlbertCos Cob, CT55MWRetired Naval officer, architect, housing admin., peace activist
Blankenheim, EdwardTucson, AZ27MWCarpenter, student at University of Arizona
Cox, Benjamin EltonHigh Point, NC29MBMinister, NAACP
Farmer, JamesNew York, NY41MBNational Director of CORE
Griffin, Robert G.Tampa, FL20MBStudent at Johnson C. Smith University
Harris, HermanEnglewood, NJ21MBStudent at Morris College
Hughes, GenevieveWashington, DC28FWCORE field secretary
Lewis, John RobertTroy, AL21MBStudent at American Baptist Theological Seminary
McDonald, JimmyNew York, NY29MBFolk singer, CORE volunteer
Moore, IvorBronx, NY19MBStudent at Morris College
Moultrie, Mae FrancesSumter, SC24WBStudent at Morris College
Peck, JamesNew York, NY46MWEditor of CORE-lator
Perkins, JosephOwensboro, KY27MBCORE field secretary
Person, CharlesAtlanta, GA18MBStudent at Morehouse College
Reynolds, Isaac (Ike)Detroit, MI27MBCORE field secretary, student at Wayne State University
Thomas, Henry (Hank)St. Augustine, FL19MBStudent at Howard University, NAG volunteer

Nashville, Tennessee, via Birmingham, Alabama, to Montgomery, Alabama

May 16-20, 1961

NameResidenceAgeSexRaceOccupation
Barbee, WilliamNashville, TN19MBStudent at Tennessee State University
Brooks, PaulEast St. Louis, IL22MBStudent at American Baptist Theological Seminary
Burks, CatherineBirmingham, AL21FBStudent at Tennessee State University
Bush, Carl Memphis, TN19MBStudent at Tennessee State University
Butler, CharlesCharleston, SC20MBStudent at Tennessee State University
Carter, JosephBrooklyn, NY22MBStudent at American Baptist Theological Seminary
Cason, Allen Jr.Orlando, FL19MBStudent at Tennessee State University
Collins, LucretiaEl Paso, TX21FBStudent at Tennessee State University
Graham, RudolphChattanooga, TN20MBStudent at Tennessee State University
Harbour, WilliamPiedmont, AL19MBStudent at Tennessee State University
Hermann, SusanWhittier, CA20FWExchange student at Fisk University
Jenkins, PatriciaNashville, TN18FBStudent at Tennessee State University
Lafayette, Bernard, Jr.Tampa, FL20MBStudent at American Baptist Theological Seminary
Leonard, FrederickChattanooga, TN18MBStudent at Tennessee State University
Lewis, John RobertTroy, AL21MBStudent at American Baptist Theological Seminary
McCollum, SalynnSnyder, NY21FWStudent at George Peabody College
Mitchell, William B., Jr.Oklahoma City, OK18MBStudent at Tennessee State University
Simpson, EttaNashville, TN19FBStudent at Tennessee State University
Smith, Ruby DorisAtlanta, GA19FBStudent at Spelman College
Wilbur, SusanNashville, TN18FWStudent at George Peabody College
Wright, Clarence M.Nashville, TN19MBStudent at Tennessee State University
Zwerg, JimBeloit, WS21MWExchange student at Fisk University, student at Beloit College

Montgomery, Alabama to Jackson, Mississippi (Trailways)

May 24, 1961

NameResidenceAgeSexRaceOccupation
Aaron, JuliaNew Orleans, LA20FBStudent at Southern University (New Orleans)
Anderson, Alexander M.Nashville, TN33MBAME minister
Andrews, HaroldAtlanta, GA23MBStudent at Morehouse College
Bevel, James L.Itta Bena, MA24MBStudent at American Baptist Theological Seminary
Carter, JosephBrooklyn, NY22MBBaptist Ministerial Student
Dennis, David J.Shreveport, LA20MBStudent at Dillard University (New Orleans)
Dietrich, Paul DavidWashington, DC29MWOffice worker; restaurant owner; NAG volunteer
Lafayette, Bernard, Jr.Tampa, FL20MBStudent at American Baptist Theological Seminary
Lawson, James Morris, Jr.Nashville, TN32MBMethodist minister; graduate student at Vanderbilt University
Thompson, Jean CatherineNew Orleans, LA19FBUnemployed
Vivian, Cordy T. (C. T.)Nashville, TN36MBMinister of Community Church
Walker, Matthew, Jr.Nashville, TN19MBStudent at Fisk University

Montgomery, Alabama to Jackson, Mississippi (Greyhound)

May 24, 1961

NameResidenceAgeSexRaceOccupation
Ackerberg, Peter M.Brooklyn, NY22MWStudent at Antioch College (Yellow Springs, OH)
Castle, Doris J.New Orleans, LA18FBCORE activist
Collins, Lucretia R.El Paso, TX21FBStudent at Tennessee State University
Copeland, John LeeNashville, TN44MBBaptist Minister
Diamond, Dion TyronePetersburg, VA19MBStudent at Howard University
Donald, Grady H.Nashville, TN31MBMinister
Farmer, James L.New York, NY41MBNational Director of CORE
Holloway, Frank GeorgeAtlanta, GA22MBStudent at Morehouse College
Lewis, John RobertTroy, AL21MBStudent at the American Baptist Theological Seminary
Moody, John H., Jr.Philadelphia, PA30MBStudent at Howard University
Patton, Ernest, Jr. (Rip)Nashville, TN21MBStudent at Tennessee State University
Smith, Jerome H.New Orleans, LA22MBLongshoreman, CORE activist
Thomas, Clarence LloydChampaign, IL20MBStudent at the American Baptist Theological Seminary
Thomas, Henry J. (Hank)Elton, FL19MBStudent at Howard University
Wright, LeRoy GlennNashville, TN19MBStudent at Fisk University

Atlanta, Georgia, to Montgomery, Alabama

May 24-25, 1961

NameResidenceAgeSexRaceOccupation
Carter, ClydeCharlotte, NC23MBStudent at Johnson C. Smith University, SNCC activist
Coffin, William Sloane, Jr.New Haven, CT36MWYale University chaplain
Jones, Joseph CharlesCharlotte, NC23MBStudent at Johnson C. Smith University, SNCC activist
Maguire, JohnMiddletown, CT28MWProfessor of Religion, Wesleyan University
Noyce, GaylordNew Haven, CT34MWProfessor of Religion, Yale University
Smith, George B.New Haven, CT24MBLaw student at Yale University
Swift, David E.Middletown, CT47MWProfessor of Religion, Wesleyan University

Montgomery, Alabama (Trailways Terminal)

May 25, 1961

NameResidenceAgeSexRaceOccupation
Abernathy, RalphMontgomery, AL35MBBaptist minister, SCLC leader
Lee, BernardAtlanta, GA22MBSCLC staff, former student at Alabama State College
Shuttlesworth, FredBirmingham, AL39MBBaptist minister, ACHMR, SCLC
Walker, Wyatt TeeAtlanta, GA31MBSCLC executive director, Baptist minister

Nashville, Tennessee, via Memphis, Tennessee, to Jackson, Mississippi (Greyhound)

May 28, 1961

NameResidenceAgeSexRaceOccupation
Burks, CatherineBirmingham, AL21FBStudent at Tennessee State University
Harbour, William E.Piedmont, AL19MBStudent at Tennessee State University
Leonard, FrederickChattanooga, TN18MBStudent at Tennessee State University
McKinnie, Lester G.St. Bolivar, TN21MBStudent at Tennessee State University
Mitchell, William B., Jr.Oklahoma City, OK18MBStudent at Tennessee State University
Simpson, EttaNashville, TN19FBStudent at Tennessee State University
Smith, Mary J.Nashville, TN19FBStudent at Tennessee State University
Wilson, Frances L.Nashville, TN23FBStudent at Tennessee State University
Wright, Clarence M.Nashville, TN19MBStudent at Tennessee State University

Nashville, Tennessee, via Montgomery, Alabama, to Jackson, Mississippi (Trailways)

May 28, 1961

NameResidenceAgeSexRaceOccupation
Cason, Allen, Jr.Orlando, FL19MBStudent at Tennessee State University
Dunn, Albert LeeFort Worth, TX26MBMinister B Clarkston AME Church (Clarkston, GA)
Fankhauser, David B.Cincinnati, OH19MWStudent at Central State College (Wilberforce, OH)
Hunt, Franklin W.Washington, DC22MBUnemployed, NAG activist
Hunter, Larry FredAtlanta, GA18MBStudent at Tennessee State University
Knight, Pauline EdytheNashville, TN20FBStudent at Tennessee State University
Mahoney, William CarlWashington, DC19MBStudent at Howard University, NAG activist
Myers, Charles DavidNoblesville, IN21MWStudent at Central State College (Wilberforce, OH)

New Orleans, Louisiana to Jackson, Mississippi (Illinois Central RR)

May 30, 1961

NameResidenceAgeSexRaceOccupation
Davis, James Keet, Jr.Florence, SC21MBStudent at Claflin University (Orangeburg, SC)
Gaither, Glenda JeanGreat Falls, SC18FBStudent at Claflin University (Orangeburg, SC)
Green, Paul S.Ithaca, NY22MWStudent at Cornell University
Griffith, Joe HenryIthaca, NY26MWStudent at Cornell University
Haynie, Charles A.Ithaca, NY25MWStudent at Cornell University
Heller, Robert LawrenceNew York, NY19MWStudent at Tulane University
Nixon, Sandra MarieNew Orleans, LA19MBStudent at Southern University
Sterling, PeterRye, NY20MWStudent at Cornell University

Montgomery, Alabama to Jackson, Mississippi (Trailways)

June 2, 1961

NameResidenceAgeSexRaceOccupation
Butler, CharlesCharleston, SC18MBStudent at Tennessee State University
Chatham, PriceRockaway, NY29MWStory Analyst for Paramount Pictures
McDonald, Joseph John MichaelOceanside, NY20MWUnemployed
Reagon, Meryle JoyNashville, TN19FBStudent at Tennessee State University
Shilman, Kenneth MartinOceanside, NY18MWNo Occupation
Smith, Ruby DorisAtlanta, GA19FBStudent at Spellman College

Montgomery, Alabama to Jackson, Mississippi (Trailways)

June 2, 1961

NameResidenceAgeSexRaceOccupation
Fertig, RalphChicago, Il31MWSocial worker
Gleason, Richard LeRoyChicago, IL24MWMinister Bible Witness Mission
Harris, Jesse J.Atlanta, GA24MBStudent at Howard University
Reagon, Cordell HullNashville, TN18MBStudent at Tennessee State University
Reed, Carolyn YvonneNashville, TN21FBNurse Aid
Singer, Felix JacquesChicago, IL32MWWriter
Word, LeslieCorinth, MS28MBOdd Jobs
Wyckoff, Elizabeth PorterNew York, NY45FWFreelance writer

New Orleans, Louisiana to Jackson, Mississippi (Trailways)

June 6, 1961

NameResidenceAgeSexRaceOccupation
Ashford, Johnny FrankChicago, IL22MBStudent at Marion College (Chicago)
Bassford, AbrahamBrooklyn, NY24MWStudent at Wagner College (Staten Island)
McDonough, James ThomasHuntington, NY22MWStudent at the University of Toronto
Sullivan, Terry JohnChicago, IL23MWEditor of Awareness (Monthly Paper)
Thompson, ShirleyNew Orleans, LA18FBStudent at Carver High School
Wahlstrom, James RobertMadison, WI22MWStudent at the University of Wisconsin
Weber, Ernest NewellOrange, NJ52MWPhotographer (self-employed)

Nashville, Tennessee, via Memphis, Tennessee, to Jackson, Mississippi (Trailways)

June 7, 1961

NameResidenceAgeSexRaceOccupation
Gager, John Goodrich, Jr.New Haven, CT23MWStudent at Yale Divinity School
Green, Reginald MalcomWashington, DC21MBVirginia Union University (Richmond)
Kale, Edward W.Grangeville, ID24MWStudent at Yale Divinity School
Randolph, Raymond B., Jr.New Haven, CT21MBVirginia Union University (Richmond)
Silver, Carol RuthNew York, NY22FWSecretary
Simms, Obadiah LeePittsburg, PA21MBVirginia Union University (Richmond)

Jackson, Mississippi (Greyhound Terminal)

June 7, 1961

NameResidenceAgeSexRaceOccupation
Audain, Michael JamesVancouver, B.C.23MWPolitical Science student at the University of British Columbia

St. Louis, Missouri to Jackson, Mississippi (Airport)

June 7, 1961

NameResidenceAgeSexRaceOccupation
Jenkins, Gwendolyn C.St. Louis, MO21FBReceptionist for Attorney James Bell
Jenkins, Robert L.St. Louis, MO27MBStudent at St. Louis University
Washington, Ralph EdwardWebster Grove, MO24MBPathology Attendant at St. Louis County Hospital
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