A local civil rights national monument unveils a special donation. The Freedom Riders National Monument today accepted the donation of a vintage S&H Green Stamps sign for its museum collection. The sign became an iconic part of Freedom Riders history when it was captured in a photo of the 1961 bus burning incident in Anniston. The donation was made by The Prospect Hill Foundation, an organization started in 1959 by William Beinecke who was the CEO of S&H Green Stamps. Foundation Executive Director Penny Willgerodt was on hand for the unveiling.
JSU's Pete Conroy, who is co-chair of the Freedom Rider Park Committee, says the vintage sign is a welcome and valuable addition to the National Monument's efforts to tell the story of the Anniston bus burning. The Freedom Riders National Monument is located in the old Greyhound Bus Station on Gurnee Avenue in Downtown Anniston. The monument tells the story of the Freedom Riders and the bus attack and subsequent burning that occurred on May 14th of 1961.
The Freedom Riders Park Committee will hold an anniversary celebration, complete with complimentary food, live street jazz, updates by the national park service, and a special presentation by author B.J. Hollar. The free event will be from 5pm until 7pm. For more information, you can visit freedomriderspark.org.