Breach of peace

Saw this in the Feb. Smithsonian:  Magazine editor Eric Etheridge has published a book about the 1961 Mississippi Freedom Riders.  You can see some of the portraits here. (John Lewis is included.)

The account of the mob surrounding the bus:

The attackers pelted the vehicle with rocks and bricks, slashed tires, smashed windows with pipes and axes and lobbed a firebomb through a broken window.  As smoke and flames filled the bus, the mob barricaded the door.  ”Burn them alive,’ somebody cried out.  ‘Fry the g-ddamn n*ggers.’

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