Saturday, September 3, 2011
Union County Librarian, Patricia Poland, Creates Exhibit to Honor Monroe's Role in Civil Rights Movement
On Aug. 27, 2011 the Union County Library marked the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Riders' trip to Monroe, NC with a presentation and commemorative walk around the courthouse
What began as a peaceful protest by Freedom Riders and local black activists against segregation in August 1961 ended in a riot, gunfire and kidnapping case that thrust Monroe into the international spotlight.
Freedom Riders who marched before seething crowds at the Union County courthouse got a preview of the increasingly violent opposition they and others would face as they pressed for integration.
Fifty years later, the county library is helping honor this little-known chapter of the civil rights movement that played a role in momentous change.
The Monroe branch hosted a protest exhibit this month. On Saturday, the riot's anniversary, exhibit creator and librarian Patricia Poland will give a talk, then lead a ceremonial walk around the courthouse.
The city needs to understand the significant part it played in the civil rights movement, she said.
Read more: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2011/08/21/2536919/walk-marks-freedom-riders-visit.html#ixzz1Wu1XSBTx