Interview with Sheriff Mel Bailey
QUESTION 19
INTERVIEWER:

WHAT ABOUT THE NIGHT THE GASTON MOTEL WAS BOMBED?

Sheriff Melvin Bailey:

That was another dark, to say the least, dark night. I recall standing there. I had seen a cab turned over and on fire, as I approached where the motel bombing occurred, there were literally hundreds of black people in the courtyard of the motel, and strangely enough the Director of Public Safety, Colonel Al Lingo was there and wouldn't allow these people to leave. They had boiled out of the rooms of the motel, out of the lobby and from around and they were herded into this fenced area, and a friend of mine, Shelly the Playboy, local disc jockey—

CAMERA CREW MEMBER:

LET'S ACTUALLY, BEFORE YOU START THAT STORY I THINK WE'D BETTER RELOAD, BECAUSE WE'RE NOT GONNA MAKE IT. OK, THEN I'M GOING TO CHANGE ALSO CAMERA IS GOING TO ROLL 523. SOUND IS GONNA CHANGE ALSO.

FILM PRODUCTION TEAM:

CONTINUATION OF INTERVIEW WITH SHERIFF MEL BAILEY. BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA, EYES ON THE PRIZE, BLACKSIDE.

CAMERA CREW MEMBER:

THIS IS SOUND ROLL 1511. CAMERA ROLL 523. I'M GONNA GIVE YOU A REFERENCE TONE—ONE MORE REFERENCE TONE—AND SPEED—OK, JIM IT'S ALL YOURS.