Freedom Riders Speaker To Present At the AACA Museum, Inc. at Hershey

Museum of Bus Transportation
Bus Burning Freedom Riders


Hershey, PA (November 1, 2018)  On Saturday, November 3, Mr. W. Peter Conroy from Anniston, Alabama will be making a presentation on The Freedom Riders of the 1960s. It was in Anniston, AL on May 14, 1961, that Southern Segregationists attacked a busload of Freedom Riders.  The Freedom Riders were protesting how Southern Segregationists were forcing people of African-American descent to use separate seating in transportation, in transportation facilities, including restrooms and drinking fountains. Groups from the North were traveling to the South to demonstrate support for open transportation systems in the South, as they were in the North. A group firebombed a bus just outside of Anniston, AL. It was once said that Dr. Martin Luther King stated that the flames from that bus, were what helped ignite the Civil Rights Movement in the rest of the 60s.


W. Peter Conroy Image

W. Peter Conroy
Freedom Riders Park

Mr. W. Peter Conroy will be speaking about the events leading up to that day, and about the newest United States Federal Park in Anniston, AL commemorating the Freedom Riders. He will talk about the importance that the Buses played in the role of changing ways in the Civil Rights movement in the South. More information on the Freedom Riders Park is located at www.FreedomRidersPark.Org.


The presentation will be open to the Public at the Museum of Bus Transportation, 161 Museum Drive, in Hershey, PA.  The doors open at 12:30 pm, with the Presentation, starting at 1:00 pm. There will be a $10.00 charge for the presentation and exhibit but will allow the public to access to visit the entire museum, which includes the classic car collection of the AACA Museum. The Museum of Bus Transportation houses a collection of antique Buses and Motorcoaches from the 1900s through 1990s, with the most complete timelines of the Bus and Motorcoach Industry. Included in the collection, and on display are two of the bus models used in the 1960s era of Freedom Riders.  More information can be found at the Bus Museum’s website at or by going to the Museum’s Facebook page at




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Mark L Szyperski, Marketing Chair

Museum of Bus Transportation

161 Museum Drive

Hershey, PA 17033