Fla. Sending Migrants North Evokes Memories of 1962 ‘Reverse Freedom Rides’

Wednesday’s unexpected arrival of dozens of undocumented immigrants, sent to Martha’s Vineyard from Florida under the order of Gov. Ron DeSantis, brought back vivid memories of a similar situation that unfolded on Cape Cod more than 60 years ago.

In June of 1962, white supremacists in the South arranged for hundreds of Black families from Arkansas to board one-way buses to Northern cities as a means of retaliating for the Freedom Rides a year earlier and to embarrass then-President John F. Kennedy over his support of the civil rights movement.

Dozens of families showed up in Hyannis one day, surprising

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