Freedom Riders National Monument Planning to Expand
A National Monument will get extra space to expand and preserve its famous mural. The building that has a mural of a Freedom Riders bus painted along the side has been purchased by the Conservation Fund. The fund has plans to donate the building to the city for the Freedom Riders National Monument. The Conservation Fund is a non-profit organization that helps purchase properties then transferring them for permanent use.
The building will be used as a welcome center for the National Monument. A member of the Freedom Riders Committee says their fortunate to have the new space and he’s thrilled at what this means for the monument.
The committee recently received a grant from the Alabama Historical Commission totaling $6,000 that was used to purchase three solar powered audio interpretive posts. Each posts will be placed at the Trail Way bus station, the Greyhound bus station, and on highway 202 with voices of Freedom Riders who want to share their story. Conroy says this is a huge step for the monument and for the state.
The Freedom Riders Committee is waiting on the approval from the City of Anniston to install the solar powered audio posts. The expansion of the National Monument is expected to be complete by the beginning of next year.