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The Freedom Riders: Where are they now? 

Charles Person — The youngest of the original 13 Freedom Riders, Person was 18 and a freshman at Morehouse College in Atlanta when he boarded the bus in Washington, D.C. After serving 20 years in the U.S. Marine Corps, Persons taught in Atlanta's public schools until his retirement. He still lives in Atlanta.

John Lewis — Lewis, who was 21 during the Freedom Ride, was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1980 and still represents Georgia in this position.

Hank Thomas — The Jacksonville, Fla. native was 19 when he became a Freedom Rider. He served in the military in Vietnam in 1965 and 1966. He now lives in Stone Mountain, Ga., and is the owner of four Marriott hotels and two McDonald's restaurants.


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