New Orleans, LA

Credit: Birmingham News

On the evening of May 15, the CORE Freedom Riders finally arrive in New Orleans aboard an airplane arranged for by John Seigenthaler, special assistant to Robert F. Kennedy. On the airport tarmac they are met by a crowd of white police officers in riot gear who shout racial epithets at the Riders as they make their way to the terminal and a small, welcoming group of CORE volunteers.

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