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Floyd Mann was the head of Alabama's Department of Public Safety during the Freedom Rides and was instrumental in saving riders from vicious attacks.
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In an Eyes on the Prize interview, Mann also cited the legal-protection work of Judge Frank M. Johnson.
Mann eventually took on a post at the University of Alabama with its president David Matthews, and later served as his assistant in Washington, D.C.,
under the administration of President Gerald Ford. Mann subsequently helmed Alabama's Alcoholic Beverage Control Board in the early 1980s.
Floyd Mann died on January 12, 1996. He was survived by his wife, Grace, along with their children and grandchildren.
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