Bus driver for group of Nashville Freedom Riders dies

News

FILE – In this May 15, 1961 file photo, a bus bearing Freedom Riders leaves the station as they resumed their rides through the South in Montgomery, Ala. Jimmy Allen Ruth, the Trailways bus driver for the 1961 group of Nashville Freedom Riders, has died, his family said Saturday, June 5, 2021. The Freedom Rides Movement of 1961 started in Washington, D.C. by 13 men and women who traveled to the South by bus and train to force desegregation of interstate transportation facilities. (AP Photo, File)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Trailways bus driver for the 1961 group of Nashville Freedom Riders has died, his family confirmed.

Jimmy Allen Ruth was 83. According to his family, driving the Freedom Riders from Nashville, Tennessee to Jackson, Mississippi was “one of his greatest accomplishments.” Ruth’s bus driving memorabilia is currently on display at the Tennessee State Museum.

The Freedom Rides Movement of 1961 started in Washington, D.C. by 13 men and women who traveled to the South by bus and train to force desegregation of interstate transportation facilities.

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Media Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Trademark and Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

Trending Stories

Latest News

More News

Watch Latest Videos

Bucks Psychic: Averill Park graduate predicted finals win in 2018 yearbook

8 pythons captured, removed from Camas park

Incredible Pizza

Extreme weather across the nation

COVID-19 stays center stage at Tokyo Olympics

More News