Four of the original "freedom riders" visited Lewiston's Freedom Crossing Monument on Wednesday morning as part of their Buffalo tour and discussions involving the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. The riders were teenagers at the time and were arrested and beaten for their silent protests against discrimination during sit-ins at the Greyhound Bus terminals in Mississippi.
The visit was arranged by the National Federation for Just Communities of WNY. Greeting the riders were Village of Lewiston Deputy Mayor Bruce Sutherland and Town of Lewiston Supervisor Dennis Brochey. Tim Henderson and Eva Nicklas portrayed Lewiston abolitionist Josiah Tryon and his sister-in-law, Sally Barton. Monument sculptor Susan Geissler also was on hand.