'American Experience' Freedom Ride to stop in Rock Hill

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by Culture & Heritage Museums News Release

Culture & Heritage Museums News Release

Posted on April 28, 2011 at 1:03 PM

ROCK HILL, S.C. -- Rock Hill has been selected as a stop on May 10 for the 10-day 2011 Student Freedom Ride, memorializing the 50th anniversary of the May 1961 Freedom Rides. 

The Culture & Heritage Museums and Levine Museum of the New South in Charlotte have coordinated the events in our area.

The trip is called “an experiential learning opportunity for college students in conjunction with the (television) broadcast of ‘Freedom Riders.’” The May 6-16 journey from Washington, D.C., to New Orleans will include stops in Charlotte and Rock Hill May 9-10. PBS’s AMERICAN EXPERIENCE series selected forty college students from across the country and around the world to participate in the ride.

The Freedom Ride student participants, local leaders and guests will arrive at the Old Town Bistro, 135 E. Main St., at noon May 10 to view the original McCrory’s lunch counter and historical displays and enjoy lunch at the Palmetto Room.

At 1 p.m., Rock Hill Mayor Doug Echols and other local leaders will welcome the group and talk with them about the retracing of the original.

Two members of the Friendship Nine lunch counter sit-in, Clarence Graham and Willie McCleod, are confirmed to attend.

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