Interview with Gov. John Patterson
QUESTION 41
INTERVIEWER:

IF YOU CAN COVER THAT BRIEFLY, WHAT AFFECT DID YOU THINK THEY HAD, THAT WHOLE EPISODE HAD ON THE STATE OF ALABMA?

Gov. John Patterson:

Well, I think the Freedom Riders did accomplish what they probably set out to do, and that was to bring attention to the segregated policies and segregated laws dealing with waiting rooms and bus stations and restaurants and things of that kind, public accommodations. And I think it had a tremendous affect, and I think it set in motion nationally efforts to, to end that. And so I think that probably the end result of the freedom ride, was the ending of segregation in public accommodations.