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The Free Ride System

Black commuters assembled at pickup points for free rides during the five-day Baton Rouge bus boycott of 1953. Horatio Thompson, the first African American in the South to own an Esso gasoline station franchise, sold gas at cost to carpool drivers.

The Free Ride System

Courtesy of Ernest Ritchie

The Free Ride System. Ritchie, Ernest (Photographer)

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Courtesy of Ernest Ritchie
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