Freedom Riders Exhibit

December 26-January 24

  • Thomas F. Eagleton U.S. Courthouse
  • Monday-Friday, excluding holidays
  • 8:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m
  • FREE and open to the public
  • Photo ID required to enter
  • Group visits are available
  • Click here for a printable flyer
In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday, the U.S. Courts and The Judicial Learning Center will host a national touring exhibition. The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History's "Freedom Riders" will be displayed on the 3rd Floor of the Thomas F. Eagleton U.S. Courthouse through January 24, 2013.
"Freedom Riders" looks at six months in 1961 when more than 400 courageous Americans - old and young, black and white, men and women, Northern and Southern - risked their lives to challenge segregated facilities in the South. The exhibit tells the harrowing and inspirational civil rights story that changed American forever.
The exhibition combines powerful photography, news coverage, and first-hand audio accounts to create a moving and empowering experience for viewers.
The Eighth Circuit Law Library will display a panel exhibit highlighting the Little Rock school desegregation case on the 28th Floor lobby, to run concurrently.
SAVE THE DATE. A corresponding public lecture will be held at the courthouse on Friday, January 18, 2013.

Book your field trips now:

Reserve a space for your group
Apply for a grant for bus transportation

Resources for further study:

Watch the AMERICAN EXPERIENCE film "Freedom Riders" at
Hear original Freedom Riders tell their personal stories at
See the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History's "Freedom Riders" exhibit online
Download a study guide to use with students, from PBS and "Facing History and Ourselves"

For more information:

Contact the Public Education and Community Outreach Administrator at the Courthouse
Rachel Marshall (314) 244-2410