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

July 30, 1961

NameResidenceAgeSexRaceOccupation
Barough, AlbertLos Angeles, CA21MWStudent at University of California, Los Angeles
Fuller, WinstonLos Angeles, CA24MWStudent at University of California, Los Angeles
Gerbac, Joseph EdwardLos Angeles, CA21MWStudent at University of California, Los Angeles
Grubbs, Michael R.Los Angeles, CA25MBStudent at University of California, Los Angeles
Kaufman, AlanBerkeley, CA21MWStudent at University of California, Berkeley
Leons, WilliamLos Angeles, CA26MWGraduate student at University of California, Los Angeles
Mann, Herbert S.Los Angeles, CA35MWPostal worker
Pavesic, Max GregoryLos Angeles, CA21MWStudent at University of California, Los Angeles
Posner, Philip M.Los Angeles, CA22MWStudent at Hebrew Union College (Hollywood, CA)
Singleton, Helen IreneLos Angeles, CA28FBStudent at Santa Monica City College
Singleton, RobertLos Angeles, CA25MBGraduate student at University of California, Los Angeles
Steward, Richard C.New Orleans, LA21MBStudent at Dillard University (New Orleans, LA)
Thurman, LonnieLos Angeles, CA34MBTeacher
Townsend, Sam JoeLos Angeles, CA27MWGraduate student at the University of California, Los Angeles
Wren, TanyaLos Angeles, CA22FWStudent at Los Angeles City College

Jackson, Mississippi (Greyhound Terminal)

July 31, 1961

NameResidenceAgeSexRaceOccupation
Wahlstrom, James RobertMadison, WI22MWFormer student at the University of Wisconsin

Shreveport, LA (Trailways terminal)

August 4, 1961

NameResidenceAgeSexRaceOccupation
Bethune, Harold L.Shreveport, LA34MBCORE activist
Blake, HarryShreveport, LA26MBCORE, SCLC, and NAACP activist
Dennis, David J.Shreveport, LA20MBCORE field secretary
McGinnie, DeloresShreveport, LAFBCORE activist
McGinnie, MarieShreveport, LAFBCORE activist
Taylor Levert H.Shreveport, LA20MB

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

August 5, 1961

NameResidenceAgeSexRaceOccupation
Bohannon, Earl C.Chicago, IL21MBStudent
Wagner, NormaRochester, NY44FWBlind activist

Houston, TX (Union Railway Station)

August 9-11, 1961

NameResidenceAgeSexRaceOccupation
Berrard, CharlesLos Angeles, CA21MBStudent at Los Angeles State College
Dunson, MarjorieLos Angeles, CA30FB
Farrell, RobertLos Angeles, CA23MBGraduate Student, UCLA
Hamilton, HerbertHouston, TX20MBStudent at Texas Southern University
Handy, WillieHouston, TX18MBStudent at Texas Southern University
Hogrobrooks, HollyHouston, TX20MBStudent at Texas Southern University
Hutchins, JohnHouston, TX20MBStudent at Texas Southern University
Jones, EddieHouston, TX19MBStudent at Texas Southern University
Jones, Robert E.Houston, TX32MBProgressive Youth Association activist
Kaufman, Robert PaulLos Angeles, CA23MWGraduate Student at University of California, Berkeley
Kleinman, EllenLos Angeles, CA19FWStudent at Los Angeles City College
Kovner, PatSherman Oaks, CA20FWStudent at University of California, Berkeley
La Bostrie, RonaldLos Angeles, CA26MBArtist
McNichols, StevenLos Angeles, CA22MWStudent, recent UCLA graduate
Moody, MarianHouston, TX19FBMembership chairman of the Progressive Youth Association
Radcliffe, BeverlyLos Angeles, CA23FWStudent at Los Angeles City College
Sanfield, StevenLos Angeles, CA24MWNight manager, Larry Edmonds Bookstore
Stevenson, Joseph McClendonLos Angeles, CA18MWStudent

Jackson, MS (Trailways terminal)

August 13, 1961

NameResidenceAgeSexRaceOccupation
Raymond, GeorgeNew Orleans, LA18MBCORE activist
Sims, Pauline K.Putney, England22FWCORE activist

Monroe, NC

August 17-September 1, 1961

NameResidenceAgeSexRaceOccupation
Baum, Robert M.Excelsior, MN19MWStudent at University of Minnesota
Bromberg, Edward J.Chestnut Hill, MA27MWStudent at Columbia University
Brooks, PaulEast St. Louis, IL22MBStudent at American Baptist Theological Seminary
Butler, CharlesCharleston, SC20MBStudent at Tennessee State University
Chatham, PriceRockaway, NY29MWStory analyst, 20th Century Fox and Paramount Pictures
Dietrich, Paul DavidWashington, DC29MWOffice worker restaurant owner, and NAG activist
Forman, JamesAtlanta, GA32MBSNCC executive director
Griswold, Richard P.Brooklyn, NY34MWSocial worker
Hunter, Larry FredAtlanta, GA18MBStudent at Tennessee State University
Kale, Edward W.Grangeville, ID24MWStudent at Yale Divinity School
Leonard, FrederickChattanooga, TN18MBStudent at Tennessee State University
Lowry, JohnNew York, NY20MWStudent at Queens College (New York City)
Mahoney, William CarlWashington, DC19MBStudent at Howard University
McDonald, Joseph John MichaelOceanside, NY20MWUnemployed
Morton, David KerrJackson, WY21MWFolk singer, freelance writer
Rush, Heath CliffConcord, NH20MWStudent at Central State College
Shilman, Kenneth MartinOceanside, NY18MWUnemployed
Thompson, Daniel RayCleveland, OH26MWStudent
Wright, LeRoy GlennNashville, TN19MBStudent at Fish University

Prayer Pilgrimage, New Orleans, Louisiana to Jackson, Mississippi (Trailways)

September 13, 1961

NameResidenceAgeSexRaceOccupation
Avery, Gilbert S., IIIRoxbury, MA30MWEpiscopal priest, St. John's Episcopal Church
Bloy, Myron B., Jr.Newton, MA35MWEpiscopal chaplain, MIT
Breeden, James PleasantBoston, MA26MBEpiscopal priest, St. James Church (Roxbury, MA)
Crocker, John, Jr.Providence, RI37MWEpiscopal priest, Cathedral of St. John's
Evans, James WalkerSt. Clair, MO31MWEpiscopal priest, St. James Episcopal Church (St. Clair, MO)
Evans, John MarvinToledo, OH36MBEpiscopal priest, All Saints Episcopal Church (Toledo, OH)
Gordon, Quinland ReevesWashington, DC44MBEpiscopal priest, Church of the Atonement (Washington, DC)
Jones, James GarrardChicago, IL34MWEpiscopal priest, St. Leonard's House (Chicago, IL)
Morris, John BurnettAtlanta, GA31MWEpiscopal priest
Pierson, Robert LaughlinNew York, NY35MWEpiscopal priest
Simpson, Geoffrey SedgewickPewaukee, WI29MWEpiscopal priest, St. Bartholomew's Church (Pewaukee, WI)
Taylor, Robert PageChicago, IL29MWEpiscopal priest, St. Leonard's House (Chicago, IL)
Wendt, William AndrewWashington, DC41MWEpiscopal priest, St. Stephen’s Church (Washington, DC)
Woodward, Vernon P.Cincinnati, OH27MWEpiscopal priest, Church of the Advent (Cincinnati, OH)
Young, Merrill OrneBoston, MA31MWEpiscopal priest, Harvard University Divinity School

Atlanta, GA (Trailways station)

November 1, 1961

NameResidenceAgeSexRaceOccupation
Bevel, James L.Itta Bena, MS24MBSNCC activist
Forman, JamesAtlanta, GA33MBSNCC executive director
Jones, Joseph CharlesCharlotte, NC23MBStudent at Johnston C. Smith University
Lafayette, Bernard, Jr.Tampa, FL20MBSNCC activist

Atlanta, GA, to Albany, GA (Trailways)

November 1, 1961

NameResidenceAgeSexRaceOccupation
McCollum, SalynnSnyder, NY21FWStudent at George Peabody College
Reagon, Cordell HullNashville, TN18MBStudent at Tennessee State University
Sherrod, CharlesRichmond, VA22MBSNCC field secretary

Jackson, MS (Trailways station)

November 1, 1961

NameResidenceAgeSexRaceOccupation
Jackson, GlendaShreveport, LA22FBCORE activist
Jones, Rev. Charles A.Jackson, MSMBDean of religion, Campbell Junior College (Jackson, MS)
Taylor, Levert H.Shreveport, LA20MBCORE activist

Albany, GA (Trailways station)

November 22, 1961

NameResidenceAgeSexRaceOccupation
Carswell, JulianAlbany, GAMBHigh school student, NAACP Youth Council
Gober, BerthaAtlanta, GAFBStudent at Albany State College (Albany, GA)
Hall, BlantonAthens, GA23MBStudent at Albany State College
Toney, EvelynAlbany, GAFBHigh school student, NAACP Youth Council
Wilson, EddieAlbany, GAMBHigh school student, NAACP Youth Council

New Orleans, LA, to McComb, MS (Greyhound)

November 29, 1961

NameResidenceAgeSexRaceOccupation
Raymond, GeorgeNew Orleans, LA18MBCORE activist
Smith, DorathaNew Orleans, LA18FBCORE activist
Smith, Jerome H.New Orleans, LA22MBLongshoreman; New Orleans CORE chairman
Thompson, AliceNew Orleans, LA22FBCORE activist
Valentine, ThomasNew Orleans, LA23MBCORE activist

Baton Rouge, LA, to McComb, MS (Greyhound)

December 1, 1961

NameResidenceAgeSexRaceOccupation
Bradford, WillieNew Orleans, LAMBCORE activist
Peete, ThomasShreveport, LAMBCORE activist
Raymond, GeorgeNew Orleans, LA18MBCORE activist
Reese, ClaudeNew Orleans, LAMBCORE activist
Tate, PatriciaBaton Rouge, LAFBStudent at Southern University (Baton Rouge, LA)
Thompson, JeanNew Orleans, LA19FBCORE activist

Jackson, MS to McComb, MS (Greyhound)

December 2, 1961

NameResidenceAgeSexRaceOccupation
Burnham, JamesMcComb, MSMBStudent at Campbell Junior College
Byrd, JeromeMcComb, MSMBStudent at Campbell Junior College
Cotton, MacArthurKosciusko, MSMBStudent at Tugaloo College (Jackson, MS)
Gaither, ThomasJackson, MS23MBCORE field secretary
Lewis, JoeMcComb, MSMBStudent at Campbell Junior College

Atlanta, GA, to Albany, GA (Central Georgia Railroad)

December 10, 1961

NameResidenceAgeSexRaceOccupation
Browning, JoanAtlanta, GA19FWFormer student at Georgia State College for Women (Milledgeville)
Collins, Norma F. Atlanta, GA20FBSNCC office manager
Forman, JamesAtlanta, GA33MBSNCC executive director
Hayden, Sandra Cason “Casey”Royal Oak, MI23FWNational Student YWCA project worker
Hayden, TomRoyal Oak, MI22MWCollege journalist
Laursen, PerNew York, NY25MWJournalist
Lee, BernardAtlanta, GA22MBSCLC staff, former student at Alabama State College
Taitt, LenoraAtlanta, GA23FBSNCC activist; graduate student at Atlanta University
Zellner, RobertMontgomery, AL22MWSNCC field secretary
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