Freedom Riders, supporters, and friends at First Baptist Church during the 2011 museum opening
Freedom Rider Bernard Lafayette signs a student’s t-shirt at a museum event as Friends president Valda Harris Montgomery looks on
“I was 13 years old when the Freedom Riders took refuge in my family home. Witnessing young people with the spirit and strength to combat injustice greatly influenced my life. This museum shares these powerful stories in a way that engages young and old alike.” -Dr. Valda Harris Montgomery, President, Friends of the Freedom Rides Museum
The Friends is a non-profit organization passionate about this extraordinary museum in Montgomery, Alabama.
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Board of Directors
John Lewis. Freedom Rider and US Congressman, Atlanta, Georgia
Jim Zwerg. Freedom Rider, retired minister, Rahman, New Mexico
Valda Harris Montgomery, President, Montgomery, Alabama
Ann Oldham, Vice President, Montgomery, Alabama
Sommerville Hill, Treasurer, Montgomery, Alabama
Jared Morris, Secretary, Montgomery, Alabama
Dorothy S. Calloway, Montgomery, Alabama
Mark Dauber, Hope Hull, Alabama
Dawn Owens, Montgomery, Alabama
Simuel (Trey) Sippial III, Montgomery, Alabama
Todd Strange, ex officio. Mayor, Montgomery, Alabama [represented by Clare Watson]
William Harbour. Freedom Rider and civil rights activist, Atlanta, Georgia
Georgette Norman. Retired executive director of the Rosa Parks Library and Museum, Montgomery, Alabama
J. Mills Thornton III. Professor Emeritus, University of Michigan and author, Montgomery, Alabama
Ellen Mertins, Montgomery, Alabama