Beaten by a Mob, Saved by an African American Man

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James Zwerg, Freedom Fighter, Alabama. ca. 1960s. (Pinterest)

Photo of American pacifist James Zwerg after he was attacked and beaten by a mob in Montgomery, Alabama in 1960 as part of the Freedom Riders demonstration. Zwerg volunteered to leave the bus first upon arriving in Montgomery, knowing he’d be the blunt of the violent crowd’s aggression. He would have died that day if an anonymous black man hadn’t stepped in and saved his life by deflecting the mob’s attention to himself. ♡

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