On May 14, 1961, outside Anniston, Alabama, Hank Thomas and other Freedom Riders huddled on a Greyhound bus as a white mob threw a firebomb inside.
Thick smoke billowed out of the shattered bus windows surrounding him, curling in the southern heat. It mixed with a chorus of screams, flung with venom from the mob encircling the marooned Greyhound bus. Inside, he and his fellow passengers crawled between seats through broken glass, gagging as a gritty soot coated their throats.
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