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GROUP TRAVELLED THE SOUTH PROMOTING CIVIL RIGHTS

Freedom Riders Return To Jackson For 40th Anniversary Celebration

It's been 40 years since the freedom riders came to Mississippi to help desegregate the South. Now, decades later, they're here again.

Many freedom riders came back to the place where for more than a month, their freedom was taken away. Hundreds of freedom riders were arrested during the civil rights movement and spent time at the Jackson City Jail.

This weekend is the 1961 Freedom Riders' 40th Reunion. Gov. Ronnie Musgrove proclaimed Nov. 10th as "Freedom Riders Day."

"It's just a reminder of the many experiences that we had in 1961 when we were arrested," freedom rider Richard Steward said. "My group was arrested at the train station waiting room and transported over here before we went to trial in Dexter county. So to see this is like a step back into a time capsule."

The Freedom Riders spent Friday on a civil rights bus tour visiting places like the jail, Medgar Evers' home and the Old Capitol Museum.

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