Interview with Dave Dennis
QUESTION 1
INTERVIEWER:

OK, DAVE, UH, DESCRIBE FOR ME THE MISSISSIPPI THAT YOU ENCOUNTERED IN ‘61, WHEN YOU ARRIVED AS A FREEDOM RIDER.

Dave Dennis:

Well it's very difficult to describe Mississippi certainly I didn't get a chance to, see much of it or anything. We first arrived here that was just sort of like on the freedom ride and a the a, there was just a line as we got off the bus of police officers that you really had no choice, but to walk from the bus into the white waiting room where you once you were into there you were asked to leave and if you did not leave at that time you were arrested. But you really had no choice because there was a line from the doors of the buses on both sides, line of police officers, straight into the uh bus station. Why, either side that you looked right or left all you saw were uh, white officers with guns you know that point you to a direction inside of a bus station that I assumed looked like any other-bus station. Some uh, Captain Ray and others were there to say a, ask to leave and that you refuse to leave then they put you all under arrest and we were all arrested but then from there into another line out of another door into a paddy wagons whereby we were taken on to a the a county jail where we were all booked and then put into cells, holding cells.