The passengers
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The Greyhound Bus

Of the 14 passengers on the Greyhound bus, seven were Freedom Riders. Two are still living.

1. Genevieve Hughes, 28, white female, Washington, D.C., CORE field secretary. After the Rides, she studied sociology at the University of California and participated in the free speech movement at Berkeley. Later moved to Carbondale, Ill., and worked as the director of a women’s shelter before retiring.

2. Albert (Bert) Bigelow, 55, white male, Cos Cob, Conn., retired Naval officer, architect, housing administrator, peace activist. Later became a trustee at a Quaker school in New Hampshire and a senior judge for the U.S. Yacht Racing Union. He completed two trans-Atlantic crossings. He died in Walpole, Mass., on Oct. 6, 1993, at age 87.

3. Henry (Hank) Thomas, 19, black male, St. Augustine, Fla., student at Howard University. Later joined the Army and received a Purple Heart for injuries sustained in the Vietnam War. Now lives in Atlanta, where he owns several hotels and fast food restaurants.

4. Jimmy McDonald, 29, black male, New York, N.Y., folk singer, CORE volunteer. Later became a TV host and executive director of the Yonkers Human Rights Commission. Worked to increase minority turnout in elections. Died in Bronxville, N.Y., on July 11, 2000, at age 69.

5. Mae Frances Moultrie, 24, black female, Sumter., S.C., student at Morris College. Taught school in Wilmington, Del., until 1990. Performed missionary work in Liberia, Mexico and Canada, and taught at Sanctuary Christian Academy in Philadelphia. Died in 2010.

6. Joseph (Joe) Perkins, 27, black male, Owensboro, Ky., CORE field secretary. Later studied at Kentucky State University. Enlisted in the Army. Taught biology in New York. Died in 1976 at age 43.

7. Edward (Ed) Blankenheim, 27, white male, Tucson, Ariz., carpenter, University of Arizona student. Arrested in San Francisco in 2000 for advocating the rights of handicapped bus riders. Died in San Francisco on Sept. 26, 2004, at age 70.

Other passengers included:

1. Charlotte Devree, journalist covering the Rides.

2. Moses Newson, journalist covering the Rides.

3. Roy Robinson, manager of the Atlanta Greyhound station.

4. Ell Cowling, undercover agent for Alabama Highway Patrol.

5. Harry Sims, undercover agent for Alabama Highway Patrol.

6. Several regular passengers.

The Trailways Bus

The Trailways bus, which also contained seven Freedom Riders, continued on to Birmingham, where the Riders were beaten.

1. Frances Bergman, 57, white female, Detroit, Mich., retired elementary school teacher and administrator.

2. Walter Bergman, 61, white male, Detroit, Mich., retired professor, Wayne State University and University of Michigan.

3. James Peck, 46, white male, New York., N.Y., editor of CORE-lator.

4. Charles Person, 18, black male, Atlanta, Ga., student at Morehouse College. Is participating in the 50th Anniversary Freedom Ride.

5. Herman Harris, 21, black male, Englewood, N.J., student at Morris College.

6. Ivor (Jerry) Moore, 19, black male, Bronx, N.Y., student at Morris College.

7. Isaac (Ike) Reynolds, 27, black male, Detroit, Mich., CORE field secretary, student at Wayne State University.

Other passengers included:

1. Simeon Booker, Jet magazine writer

2. Ted Gaffney, Jet photographer

3. Several Klansmen.

4. Several regular passengers.

— Compiled by Eddie Burkhalter, SOURCES: Freedom Riders by Ray Arsenault, PBS, Lexington Herald-Leader
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