Fri04182014

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Mississippi governor notes mistreatment and sacrifices of Freedom Riders

Freedom Riders, students and state and local officials were among those present in Jackson, Miss., last Sunday when Miss. Gov. Haley Barbour made history with an apology to the Freedom Riders. Freedom Riders, students and state and local officials were among those present in Jackson, Miss., last Sunday when Miss. Gov. Haley Barbour made history with an apology to the Freedom Riders for abuse heaped upon them in 1961.

From May until November 1961, more than 400 black and white Americans risked their lives in challenge to segregation in interstate bus travel.

Said Barbour:

“On behalf of the state and the people of Mississippi it is . . . my honor to welcome you to the 50th anniversary celebration of the Freedom Rides. To the Freedom Riders, yourselves, our state does celebrate and thank you for your courage, your commitment, your sufferings and your sacrifices of 50 years ago. We apologize to you for your mistreatment in 1961, and we appreciate this chance for atonement and reconciliation.”

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