Perhaps you'll discover you know something about the other rider, George Raymond, even if indirectly.
Only 18 at the time of the August 14 freedom ride encounter, a very determined George Raymond went to Jackson as a member of the New Orleans office of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). Driven by his sense of justice, he would later become a field director for CORE.
Raymond eventually recruited students to come to Canton, Mississippi, to help him establish a CORE office there. This is where he functioned as field director. With CORE established in Canton, Raymond was instrumental in getting residents registered to vote.
However, it’s worth noting that so serious, so frightening, and so grave were the threats and scare tactics lobbied by white residents — including the police — against black residents of Canton, Mississippi, that only 121 of 10,000 potential black voters — 121 of 10.000...let that sink in before you move on — even registered that year.
Pictured immediately below is former police officer Benny Oliver kicking student activist Memphis Norman. Former police officers were not the only police officers participating in terrorizing activists and residents alike. Can you imagine how hard it was to enlist local help for the Canton, Mississippi field office?