Birmingham Trailways Bus Station

Credit: FBI

On May 14, at the Trailways Bus terminal in Birmingham, the CORE Freedom Riders are greeted by a hostile mob. Ahead of the Riders’ arrival, Bull Connor’s police department has struck a deal with the Ku Klux Klan; when the bus arrives at the terminal, the mob will have fifteen minutes to “burn, bomb, kill, maim” without police intervention or arrests. James Peck and others are severely injured in the riot that follows.

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