In 1961, the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) sent seven African Americans and six whites on a "Freedom Ride" on two buses from Washington DC. They were on their way to the deep South to test the Supreme Court's ruling in Boynton v. Virginia, which declared segregation in interstate bus and rail stations unconstitutional.On the bound for New Orleans a couple of angry segregationists attacked them outside of Anniston, Alabama. One of the buses was even bombed. U.S. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy eventually ordered State Highway Patrol protection for the freedom riders to have a safe travel to Montgomery, Alabama, where they again encountered violent resistance. In Montgomery they were attacked by more than 1000 whites but after all they continued their trip to Mississippi where they were continued to be attacked and brutally beaten and jail terms. However they generated more publicity and many other freedom riders were inspired.