New Orleans, Louisiana

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New Orleans, Louisiana, May 15, 1961
On the evening of May 15, the CORE Freedom Riders finally arrive in New Orleans aboard an airplane arranged for by John Seigenthaler, a special assistant to Robert F. Kennedy. On the airport tarmac, they are met by a crowd of white police officers in riot gear who shout racial epithets at the Riders as they make their way to the terminal and a small, welcoming group of CORE volunteers.
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