“We've Come Too Far to Turn Back”


in Freedom's Main Line

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print December 2008 | ISBN: 9780813125114
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135137 | DOI:
“We've Come Too Far to Turn Back”

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On May 20, the students boarded the split-level St. Petersburg Express for Montgomery, and the trip was accompanied by an airplane following overhead. The airplane was needed to ensure that there were to be no obstructions on their route. A squadron of police cars and reporters also took the journey. The police cars decreased in number as the group approached Birmingham city but they were replaced at fifteen-mile intervals and as such, the group was still well-protected. When they reached Montgomery, however, they were bombarded by a large group of about two or three hundred whites carrying various weapons, as Norm Ritter from Life magazine and several other journalists attempted to interview the group of Freedom Riders. This chapter demonstrates the experience of the group as they arrived in Montgomery and the resulting riots.

Keywords: riots; Birmingham City; Montgomery; journalists; police cars; Freedom Riders

Chapter.  13167 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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