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MP.1980.01 WLBT Newsfilm Collection (stills) -  Courtesy of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History

The Freedom Rides: Journey for Change” focuses on one of the most prominent events in Civil Rights history by embracing the struggles that  many individuals endured to create a society of equality. The exhibit includes images of the bombing of a Greyhound bus outside of Anniston, Alabama; the journey from Montgomery to Jackson; Freedom Riders at the Greyhound Bus Station in Jackson; Freedom Riders at the Jackson airport; mugshots, and Freedom Riders going to trial in Jackson. Many of the images were taken from the original film footage in the WLBT News Film Collection. A DVD of the original WLBT film footage of the Freedom Riders is included in the exhibit.

The Freedom Rides: Journey for Change” comprises fifteen photo panels. The exhibit is sponsored by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, The Foundation for Mississippi History, Mississippi Humanities Council, Mississippi Historical Records Advisory Board, and the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

“The Freedom Rides: Journey for Change” Exhibit Specifications

Fifteen (15) panels:

  • 36” (h) x 24” (w) x 1.25” (d), for panels # 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 13, 14, 15
  • 24” (h) x 36” (w) x 1.25” (d), for panels # 2, 9, 12

Photo panels include metal frames and hanging wire
Two (2) shipping crates
Crate size: 

  • 113 lbs. 27- ½” (h) x 20-3/4” (w) x 38-3/4” (l)
  • 105 lbs. 27-1/2” (h) x 18-7/16” (w) x 38-3/4” (l)

Traveling Exhibit Lending Policies and Procedures
Opening Report
Closing Report

To learn more about the Traveling Exhibit Lending Policies and Procedures, the content of specific exhibits, or to book an exhibit, please contact:

Outreach Programs Coordinator
Museum Division, MDAH
P.O. Box 571
Jackson, MS 39205-0571
Phone: 601-576-6997
outreachprograms@mdah.state.ms.us