May 26, 1961: Freedom Riders convicted

Freedom Riders were found guilty of breach of peace and fined $200 and given a 60 day suspended sentence. Refusing to admit guilt by paying the fine or posting bail, the riders chose to remain in jail for 39 days. Hoping to break Mississippi law enforcement, more riders arrived and took the “jail no bail” stance flooding the jails.  Riders were eventually sent to Parchman to serve out their sentence.

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