John Riley Griffin ;[Iii]

30 August 1948–16 March 1970 (Age 21)
Enterprise, Coffee, Alabama, United States

The Life of John Riley

John Riley Griffin ;[Iii] was born on 30 August 1948, in Enterprise, Coffee, Alabama, United States. He died on 16 March 1970, at the age of 21, and was buried in Enterprise, Coffee, Alabama, United States.

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World Events (3)

1949 · NATO is Established

Age 1

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization is an alliance between 29 North American and European countries. The agreement of the alliance is to help defend each other if attacked by an external country. The last country to enter was Montenegro in 2017.
1950

Age 2

United States military forces play a leading role against North Korean and Chinese troops in Korean War.
1961 · The Freedom Riders

Age 13

Civil rights activists known as The Freedom Riders rode buses into segregated southern states to ensure the Supreme Court’s ruling that segregated public buses were unconstitutional was being upheld. The first Freedom Ride left from Washington D.C. on May 4, 1961, and traveled to New Orleans. One bus arrived in Birmingham on May 14 and was met by a white mob. The mob attacked the bus, slashed the tires, broke the windows, and threw a bomb onto the bus. The Freedom Riders barely escaped the flames. The Freedom Riders continued on and encountered segregation and violence and brought national attention to disregard of federal laws in the South.

Name Meaning

1 Welsh: from a medieval Latinized form, Griffinus, of the Welsh personal name Gruffudd ( see Griffith ).2 English: nickname for a fierce or dangerous person, from Middle English griffin ‘gryphon’ (from Latin gryphus, Greek gryps, of Assyrian origin).3 Irish: Anglicized (part translated) form of Gaelic Ó Gríobhtha ‘descendant of Gríobhtha’, a personal name from gríobh ‘gryphon’.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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  • Headstone image of John Riley Griffin III from billiongraves.com

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