Tuesday, February 28, 2006
Dozens of unseen photos from the Civil Rights Era have been published for the first time after being discovered in an equipment closet at the Birmingham News. The photos were in a box marked "Keep. Do not sell." and likely stashed away instead of printed in an effort to downplay racial strife in the south during the 1950's and 60's. The Birmingham News printed them for the first time on Sunday in a special section entitled "Unseen. Unforgotten."
Caption: May 15, 1961: The Rev. Shuttlesworth and Freedom Riders discuss plans at Birmingham Greyhound Terminal after drivers refused to carry them farther. The day before, one of the buses was bombed in Anniston and passengers on a second bus were beaten.