Montgomery, AL

Credit: Associated Press

On May 20, escorted by Alabama state troopers, the Nashville Riders travel from Birmingham to Montgomery. At the Montgomery city limits the troopers disburse, and the Riders arrive at the Greyhound bus terminal where they encounter a mob of more than 200, who attack not just the Riders, but reporters and other bystanders, leaving more than twenty seriously injured. On May 21 the Riders take refuge in the Montgomery First Baptist Church where they are joined by Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and 1500 supporters. A violent mob gathered outside the church is eventually driven off by National Guard troops sent by the Kennedy administration.

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