Mob violence that met interracial student bus riders at this station on May 20, 1961 shocked the nation and led the Kennedy Administration to side with civil rights protestors.
The Montgomery Greyhound Bus Station is the site most closely associated with the key Montgomery events of the 1961 Freedom Rides, generally acknowledged to be one of the critical mid-20th-century campaigns by African Americans to win full democratic rights in the United States. It now hosts a series of exhibits to commemorate the accomplishments of the protest. Currently, visitors can only enjoy the exterior displays of the station. However, the interior of the station will be opened as a museum in May of 2011 to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the Freedom Rides.