The McComb Greyhound Bus Station is remembered by Movement people as a place of violence and vicious attacks on black people who tried to exercise their rights to equal accommodations on public transportation. During the early 1960s, when the Freedom Rides were in progress, members of the McComb police force regularly met and boarded buses, roughing up black passengers who did not sit at the back of the bus.
In April 1961, the CORE Freedom Ride that originated in New Orleans and was scheduled to end in Jackson was interrupted by the McComb police and an angry white mob. The police boarded, took the Freedom Riders off the bus, and “lost” them in the crowd, where they were brutally beaten. Members of the McComb Movement took the Freedom Riders to be treated by a doctor and then drove them to their destination in Jackson.
The Bus Station was actually two bus stations: a small, filthy alcove reserved for black people, and a larger, cleaner room for the use of white people. Although efforts to integrate this bus station were successful, many black people in McComb continued to use the “black side” until a new undivided station was built.