Dr. Valda Harris Montgomery, a family member from the Dr. Richard Harris House in Montgomery, Alabama, provides her oral history of the site and its pivotal role in the African-American struggle for freedom. Voices of Alabama documents the histories of 20 sites across Alabama that changed the world. Explore them all at

Freedom Riders in Montgomery, Alabama

Valda Harris Montgomery talked about the Freedom Riders’ time in Montgomery, Alabama. Many of the riders hid in a safe house owned by civil rights activist Richard Harris while waiting to depart for Jackson, Mississippi. Valda Harris Montgomery is Mr. Harris’ daughter.