Photo by Jay Reeves / AP / Shutterstock
Photo by Jay Reeves / AP / Shutterstock

Bruce Carver Boynton, the man who inspired the 1961 “Freedom Rides,” has died. He was 83.

The civil rights icon, who was the son of fellow activist Amelia Boynton Robinson, died on Monday, according to a statement issued by his friend and former Alabama state Sen. Hank Sanders.

“Bruce Boynton is an unknown hero,” Sanders wrote in a Facebook post. “He was a hero because he stood 62 years ago and forced history to go in a different direction.”

Read the full story at People Magazine – Human Interest.

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