The Flying Clipper was a relatively upscale and spacious restaurant, nightclub and motel on Route 40 in Aberdeen at the time of the 1961 Freedom Ride. The CORE brochure listed it as "Still Segregated," hence it was a likely Freedom Rider…

The New Ideal Diner existed in downtown Aberdeen, Maryland in 1961 and into the 21st century. In 1961, it was listed as the "Ideal" restaurant in the CORE brochure for Freedom Riders and listed as "Desegregated." Therefore, it…

In 1961, the Aberdeen Diner existed in the southern or western edge of Aberdeen, along Route 40 near a creek and where a 7-11 store currently stands. When the Freedom Riders came through Aberdeen, they stopped at the diner. They were met by the…

The Bayou is a well-known restaurant in Havre de Grace, Maryland on Route 40. It opened in 1949 and continued to operate in 2021. In early December 1961, the CORE leadership found out that some of the restaurants on Route 40 were in fact still…

The Musical Inn was a bar/restaurant listed in CORE's brochure and targeted by Freedom Riders in December 1961 for its segregated practices. It was listed in the CORE brochure with the group of "Restaurants Still Segregated Along Route 40." This…

The Sportsman Grill was listed on the CORE brochure used as guide for Freedom Riders for the 1961 Route 40 Freedom Ride. The Aberdeen restaurant was on the list of "Restaurants Still Segregated." This meant that the owners had either agreed to…

The Bonnie Brae diner in Edgewood, Maryland was the site of an incident involving an African diplomat in June 1961.They were made famous by reporting in LIFE magazine. The diner’s owners denied service to the Ambassador from Chad (Adam Malik Sow)…

Usually when Americans remember the Freedom Rides, they think of buses that traversed the deep South in the early 1960s to protest racism at bus depots and lunch counters and the like. The Freedom Riders' demonstrated that in many southern states,…