A very varied group of activists arrived in Nashville, aiming to board a Greyhound bus bound for Jackson, Mississippi. The date was July 29, 1961. The youngest of these were Catherine Prensy of Madison, Wisconsin, Rick Sheviakov of Berkeley, California, and Judith Scroggins of Cinncinnati, Ohio. They were all eighteen. Still, not the youngest of Freedom Riders, by any means. That's a story for another time.
The eldest of the group was Hilmar Pabel, a 50-year old man from Munich, Germany. All of the riders were white, by the way. Along with Pabel and the eighteen-year olds, were Woollcott Smith, age 20, of East Lansing, Michigan, 21-year-old Ellen Ziskind of New York City, twenty-nine-year-old Sally Rowley of New York City, and 31-year old Byron Baer of Englewood, New Jersey. You'll never believe what I learned about him.