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By Wainwright Jeffers - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – They were some of the darkest days in modern American history, but the segregated south has not been forgotten.

A new civil rights documentary was screened Wednesday night in Albany.

It's the PBS film Freedom Riders. It recalls the freedom riders and their journey to the south to fight for civil rights.

Two of the riders who challenged the segregation of waiting rooms and transportation in Albany also sat in the audience.

"Eventually the south took down all those nasty signs and desegregated public transportation," Joan Browning, Original Freedom Rider.

"When I think about it Jim Crow would probably still be in place if they had not pushed the issue," said Dr. Racquel Henry, ASU Civil Rights Fellow.

The Freedom Riders celebration continues Thursday night at Thronateeska Heritage Center with a presentation by two Albany Freedom Riders.

The PBS film will air around the nation in May.

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