Their resolve was only stronger after the fire
Black Freedom Riders sit on the grass next to the gutted shell of their burned Greyhound bus outside of Anniston, Alabama, after it had been attacked by a white mob on May 14, 1961. In an attempt to stop the progress of a Freedom Ride, a member of the white segregationist mob sat in front of the Greyhound bus, taunting the driver to run him over. As this happened, other members of the group slashed the tires and threw stones at the bus. Catching up with the Freedom Riders on the highway, they burned the bus and attacked the fleeing civil rights activists.