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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Jackson, Mississippi (Illinois Central RR Terminal)

July 6, 1961

NameResidenceAgeSexRaceOccupation
Caston, FrankJackson, MS18MBYard worker
Griffin, Frankie LeeJackson, MS21MBUnemployed
Palmer, Alpha ZaraJackson, MS19MBStudent at Mississippi Vocational School (Itta Bena, MS)
Phillips, West DavisJackson, MS19MBMechanic at Tipton's Garage
Watts, Tommie, Jr.Jackson, MS17MBStudent at Brinkley High School
Wells, Mack CharlesJackson, MS20MBUnemployed

Jackson, Mississippi (Greyhound Terminal)

July 6, 1961

NameResidenceAgeSexRaceOccupation
Denson, Alfonzo, Jr.Jackson, MS18MBStudent at James Hill High School
Givens, SamuelJackson, MS16MBStudent at James Hill High School
McNair, Landy, Jr.Jackson, MS18MBStudent at Lanier High School
Vance, Earl, Jr.Jackson, MS19MBEmployed by Midwest Ice Cream Co.
Watkins, HezekiahJackson, MS13MBStudent at Rowan Junior High School
Young, Paul EdwardJackson, MS16MBStudent at James Hill High School

Montgomery, Alabama to Jackson, Mississippi (Trailways)

July 7, 1961

NameResidenceAgeSexRaceOccupation
Biggers, CharlesLamar, CO21MBStudent at University of Colorado
Brown, Elmer L.Akron, OH20MBStudent at University of Akron
Hansen, William Walter, Jr.Cincinnati, OH21MWStudent at Xavier University
Lowry, JohnNew York, NY20MWStudent at Queens College
Matzkin, NormaNew York, NY27MWElementary School Teacher, New York City Public Schools
Reynolds, Isaac, Jr. (Ike)Detroit, MI27MBStudent at Wayne State University
Stevens, DanielSaginaw, MI19MWStudent at Wilmington College (Wilmington, OH)
Thomas, Willie JamesCincinnati, OH20MBStudent at Ohio State University

Jackson, Mississippi (Illinois Central RR Terminal)

July 7, 1961

NameResidenceAgeSexRaceOccupation
Slater, Morton BruceNew York, NY18MWStudent at City College of New York

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

July 9, 1961

NameResidenceAgeSexRaceOccupation
Baskerville, Patricia DaleTucson, AZ18FBNurses' aide
Bell, LarryLos Angeles, CA19MBPlasterer
Brashear, Tommie EldridgeLos Angeles, CA19MBMaintenance worker
Dalbert, Edmon, Jr.Los Angeles, CA25MBPostal clerk
Jackson, ReginaldLos Angeles, CA21MBCostume designer
Johnson, Edward B.Los Angeles, CA19MBStudent at University of Texas
Perkins, Philip JonathanCollege Park, MD20MWStudent at Ohio Wesleyan University (Delaware, OH)
Rand, RoenaLos Angeles, CA29FBInternal Revenue clerk
Taylor, John Charles, Jr.Berkeley, CA26MBPharmacy clerk

Montgomery, Alabama to Jackson, Mississippi (Trailways)

July 9, 1961

NameResidenceAgeSexRaceOccupation
Burkholder, Daniel E.Chicago, IL29MWBusinessman for CORE
Goldbart, LionelBrooklyn, NY27MWOdd jobs, poet
Gordon, Albert ForrestNew York, NY27MWHigh school history teacher
Greenstein, StephenBrooklyn, NY22MWStudent at Brooklyn College
Herrick, Jeanne H.Chicago, IL28FWHousewife
Manfield, Saul BernardChicago, IL34MWTelevision factory worker
Rogers, Ralph RobertNew York, NY32MWTeacher at Douglas College, Rutgers University
White, Lula MaeChicago, IL22FBTeacher at James Ward School

Jackson, Mississippi

July 9, 1961

NameResidenceAgeSexRaceOccupation
Blue, Leo VoneJackson, MS14MBHigh School Student
Blue, Mildred JuanitaJackson, MS16FBStudent at Lanier High School
Clark, Fred DouglasJackson, MS18MBStudent at Lanier High School
Davis, Jessie JamesJackson, MS19MBUnemployed
Hayes, GainnelJackson, MS15FBStudent at Rowan Junior High School
Horne, Andrew, Jr.Jackson, MS15MBStudent at Lanier High School
Horne, Erma LeeJackson, MS16FBStudent at Holy Ghost High School
Lynch, Delores WilliamsJackson, MS15MBStudent at Lanier High School
Rosell, HenryJackson, MS18MBStudent
Vance, OnealJackson, MS17MBEmployed by Holiday Inn restaurant
Watts, Joe, Jr.Jackson, MS18MBStudent at Lanier High School

St. Louis, Missouri, via Little Rock, Arkansas, to New Orleans, Louisiana

July 8-15, 1961

NameResidenceAgeSexRaceOccupation
Cox, Benjamin EltonHigh Point, NC30MBMinister, CORE field secretary
Lumpkin, AnnieSt. Louis, MO18FBStudent
Malone, Bliss AnneSt. Louis, MO23FBPublic school teacher
Raines, John CurtisLong Island, NY27MWPastor
Reinitz, JanetNew York, NY23FWArtist, homemaker

New York, NY, via Chattanooga, TN, to Little Rock, AR

July 13-24, 1961

NameResidenceAgeSexRaceOccupation
Harvard, John CElizabeth, NJ39MBPsychologist
Shanken, SidneyCranford, NJ39MWRabbi
Smith, WollcottVineyard Haven, MA20MWStudent at Michigan State University
Stern, Herman (Chaim) S.River Edge, NJ30MWRabbi
Thomas, Henry (Hank)Elton, FL19MBStudent at Howard University, CORE staff

New Orleans to Jackson, Mississippi (Greyhound)

July 15, 1961

NameResidenceAgeSexRaceOccupation
Barber, Carroll GaryLos Angeles, CA36MWResearch Associate, UCLA
Booth, Charles HenryLos Angeles, CA18MBUnemployed
Cooper, Ray AllenSpokane, WA19MWArtist
Eisenberg, Marilyn IreneVan Nuys, CA18FWStudent at UCLA
Owens, Robert LewisLos Angeles, CA23MBUnemployed, worked as a hospital orderly
Pestana, Jean Estil KidwellLos Angeles, CA43FWAttorney
Richards, David LeringReseda, CA22MWCarpenter
Rosenberg, Rose SchorrLos Angeles, CA56FWAttorney
Russ, Leon, Jr.Los Angeles, CA23MBUnemployed
Washington, Leo VernonNew Orleans, LA24MBStudent at Southern University (New Orleans)
Williams, Douglas AlbertLos Angeles, CA38MBMinister
Wolfson, Jack MikhailLos Angeles, CA17MWStudent at UCLA

Nashville, TN, to Jackson, MS (Greyhound)

July 16, 1961

NameResidenceAgeSexRaceOccupation
Dennis, James EmersonLos Angeles, CA25MBStudent at Los Angeles State College
Freelon, MaryTelford, PA42FWUnemployed teacher
Havey, Phillip JayStaten Island, NY31MWNewspaper reporter
Mitaritonna, RudolphBronx, NY50MWMunicipal employee of a labor organization
Smith, Shirley B.New York, NY34FWCommittee director
Svanoe, Willard HookerNew York, NY23FWGraduate student at the University of Minnesota
Warren, James EdwardPhiladelphia, PA28MBBaptist minister
Zuchman, Lewis RichardForest Hills, NY19MWStudent at the University of Bridgeport (CT)

Jackson, Mississippi (Airport)

July 21, 1961

NameResidenceAgeSexRaceOccupation
Carey, James T.Berkeley, CA35MWPresident of the Catholic Interracial Council
Geddes, Francis L.San Francisco, CA38MWMinister
Gumbiner, Joseph HenryOrinda, CA54MWRabbi of the Hillel Foundation at the University of California, Berkeley
Jorgensen, Mary L.Berkeley, CA45FWMember of the American Friends Service Committee
Jorgensen, Russell F.Berkeley, CA44MWMember of the American Friends Service Committee
Levine, AllanBradford, PA28MWRabbi
Luster, Orville B.Daly City, CA36MBMember of the American Friends Service Committee
Sellers, Charles G., Jr.Berkeley, CA28MWProfessor at University of California, Berkeley
Washington, John R.San Francisco, CA32MBMinister

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

July 21, 1961

NameResidenceAgeSexRaceOccupation
Breines, PaulScarsdale, NY20MWStudent at the University of Wisconsin (Madison)
Garde, Donna SageNew York, NY25FWPublic school teacher
Greenberg, Joel BenBaltimore, MD22MWStudent at Loyola College
Moskowitz, Ruth EstherBrooklyn, NY25FWSociology Researcher, New York University

Nashville, TN, via Memphis, TN, to Jackson, MS (Trailways)

July 23, 1961

NameResidenceAgeSexRaceOccupation
Huddleston, Albert RoySan Francisco, CA32MWNot given
Ihra, MargaretNew York, NY22FWStudent at City College of New York
Lall, CandidaLarkspur, CA18FWStudent at Long Beach State College (Long Beach, CA)
Linder, Morton G.San Francisco, CA23MWStudent at the University of Pennsylvania
Powell, Michael HarrySan Jose, CA20MWStudent at San Jose State College
Weiss, AlexanderDaly City, CA25MWStudent at San Francisco State College
Williams, Ralph AlanSan Francisco, CA26MWArtist

Montgomery, Alabama to Jackson, Mississippi (Airport)

July 24, 1961

NameResidenceAgeSexRaceOccupation
Petway, Alphonso KelleyMontgomery, AL16MBStudent at Washington High School
Petway, KredelleMontgomery, AL20FBStudent at Florida A&M University
Petway, MatthewMontgomery, AL46MBAME Zion Minister
Thomas, Cecil A.Albany, CA44MWYMCA Secretary

Nashville, Tennessee to Jackson, Mississippi (Greyhound)

July 29, 1961

NameResidenceAgeSexRaceOccupation
Baer, Byron MarkEnglewood, NJ31MWMotion picture technician
Pabel, Hilmar EhrenfriedMunich, Germany50MWJournalist, Quick Magazine
Prensky, Catherine JoNew Rochelle, NY18FWStudent at University of Wisconsin (Madison)
Rowley, Sally JaneNew York City, NY29FWSecretary at Merrill Sharpe Co.
Scroggins, Judith NoreneCincinnati, OH18FBSecretary at NAACP office
Sheviakov, Rick StanleyBerkeley, CA18MWStudent at San Francisco State University
Smith, WoollcottEast Lansing, MI20MWStudent at Michigan State University
Tjokroadisunatto, WidjonaikoSeattle, WA24MAStudent at the University of Washington, son of Indonesian diplomat
Wagner, NormaRochester, NY44FWBlind activist
Ziskind, Ellen LeeNew York, NY21FWStudent at Columbia University
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