From Jackson City Jail to Parchman Farm
When the first arrests in Mississippi occurred, seven men headed by William Sloane Coffin Jr. from Connecticut, headed towards Mississippi. Upon realizing the graveness of the situation and how their ride could indeed be obstructed by bombs, Coffin, Dr. John Maguire, and the others in their group flew to Atlanta and got on a bus bound for Montgomery. After linking with a National Guard caravan, the bus was able to arrive safely at Montgomery. Although the group had to face what was awaiting them and was protected by several National Guard troops, they were still able to conduct a prayer meeting and communicate with Martin Luther King Jr. This chapter shows how the Riders were able to file suit immediately in the federal district court to request for the segregation laws in Alabama bus terminals to be invalidated. The chapter also demonstrates how the Riders ended up at Parchman Farm and how it shared a similar reputation with Mississippi.
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