A day to remember the heartbreak and hardships and how far we have come. Many people gathered outside the former greyhound bus station on Gurnee Avenue in Anniston to listen to former Freedom Rider Hank Thomas speak about the day he and several others rode into Anniston in 1961. The bus filled with black and white civil rights activist was attacked and firebombed by a white mob. Thomas recalls that day and says the Lord sent a little girl to help. Thomas was only 19 years old when he first boarded that Greyhound bus. In January, President Barack Obama proclaimed the former bus station and the site on Alabama Highway 202, where the burning of the bus happened as national monuments.