In the heart of downtown Jackson, you’ll find the Greyhound Bus Station, where nine Freedom Riders arrived in May 1961. That summer, over 300 people were arrested for integrating the public transportation system in Jackson. Most refused bail in protest and were sent to the state penitentiary. This show of solidarity helped spur the federal government to mandate an end to interstate transportation segregation four months later. A Mississippi Freedom Trail marker was placed here outside the station.
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