Interview with Unita Blackwell
QUESTION 4
INTERVIEWER:

OK SO, TELL ME WHEN YOU FIRST SAW CIVIL RIGHTS WORKERS COME INTO THE STATE AND WHAT THAT MEANT TO YOU AS A LOCAL MISSISSIPPIAN?

Unita Blackwell:

As as a local Mississippian, in 1964, because we had heard about it in 1963, that they were supposed to have these freedom riders—that's what we called it—coming, to Mississippi. And nobody thought they would ever show up, you know. Everybody talked about it. Maybe they would come to Jackson or someplace like that. But my personal experience was that I, I didn't think they would ever show up in Meyersville, Mississippi, a little small town in the Mississippi Delta. It wasn't even a town at that time you know, we calls it, you know Meyersville.