Nine Negro student "Freedom Riders" were arrested May 28 when they arrived by bus at Jackson, Mississippi, and refused to leave a "Whites Only" rest room at the bus-depot.
GV Greyhound bus depot
STV INT.. Whites in buffet
LV policeman outside coloured waiting room
CU sign "Coloured waiting room intrastate passengers"
LV - SV.. Greyhound coach arrives
SV Coloureds leave coach
SV Sign "White waiting room"
SV Policeman at entrabc entrance to White waiting room
LV Coloureds enter White waiting room
SCU policeman takes particulars of coloureds
SV Policeman takes particulars of coloured woman
SCU coloured woman
SV EXT.. Police truck
LV ??? coloureds ??? truck
SV Police and spectators
SV Coloured people into police truck
LV PAN.. Police truck leaves bus depot
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Background: Nine Negro student "Freedom Riders" were arrested May 28 when they arrived by bus at Jackson, Mississippi, and refused to leave a "Whites Only" rest room at the bus-depot.
The arrested "Freedom Riders" -- dedicated to breaking segregated interstate bus transportation and terminal facilities in America's deep South -- alighted from their Memphis-to-New Orleans bus, and six of them strode into a "White Only" waiting room. A City Police captain ordered them to move on, but they refused, and he arrested them.
Even as police arrested the students, nine more -- seven Negroes and two whites -- were boarding a bus for Jackson from Montgomery, Alabama, another racial trouble spot.
Last week 27 "Freedom Riders" were arrested and subsequently convicted on breach of the peace charges. Five gained freedom on bond, but the twenty-two were put to work on a prison farm. The twenty men -- including two whites -- will work for just over two months on road gangs, wearing black and white striped prison uniforms, until they have worked off the 100-dollar fines. The two Negro girls will work in the farm kitchen and perform other such duties.