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Freedom Riders Exhibit

  • Event Date: June 6, 2014
  • Event Location: United States
  • Total in Attendance: 200

In June 2014, the U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota proudly displayed the Freedom Riders exhibit at the Minneapolis Courthouse. The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and PBS' history series, The American Experience, developed the exhibit, with a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

On June 6, 2014, the Court introduced the exhibit with a reception and brief program. The program included an introduction by Chief Judge Michael J. Davis, speeches by Daniel Bergin of Twin Cities Public Television, Honorary Chairperson Dr. Josie R. Jonhson, and U.S. Representative Keith Ellison. The program also included Magistrate Judge Franklin L. Noel introducing four former Freedom Riders: Peter Ackerberg, Robert Baum, Dave Morton, and Claire O'Connor. Each Freedom Rider then provided a brief account of his or her experience. The program ended with closing remarks by Judge Susan Richard Nelson.

The exhibit tells the story of the 1961 Freedom Rides with a detailed narrative, photographs, and newspaper clippings. In conjunction with the exhibit, The American Experience produced a film, “Freedom Riders,” to celebrate the 50th anniversary of this significant moment in civil rights history. To learn more about the Freedom Riders, you may view this film at

Event Program

Still Photographs

Media Coverage

For additional information on the District of Minnesota's outreach programs, please contact Rebeccah Parks at or (612) 664-5124.