Anniston leaders: Sign vandalism a chance to unite

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ANNISTON, Ala. (AP) — Community leaders and civil rights activists say vandalism at the site of the planned Freedom Riders Park presents an opportunity to unite the community.

The Anniston Star reports (http://bit.ly/Wq3sow ) that volunteers on Sunday replaced part of a sign, which was damaged by fire. It marks the site of the planned park on the spot where a mob in 1961 burned a bus carrying civil rights demonstrators.

Pete Conroy, co-chair of the park's organizing committee, said the wooden sign announcing the park on Alabama 202 was burned by a fire set sometime Saturday night.

Conroy said the vandalism is disappointing, but said he thinks it emphasizes the need for understanding and education that are part of the goals for the new park.

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Information from: The Anniston Star, http://www.annistonstar.com/



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