Interview with Herb Boyd
QUESTION 37
SAM POLLARD:

I want you to do it again--I want you to tell me the fact that you got in there and you tried to talk to people but they were they didn't want to listen because--

HERB BOYD:

Pick it up at that point?

SAM POLLARD:

No, start over.

HERB BOYD:

So we arrived over at the A&P later that afternoon they had already broke out all the windows there. People were going in. Pal Mal. Helter Skelter. Gathering up all the goods that they could. So this went on for about a half an hour. Like heavy, heavy looting. More and more people were coming out of all over the neighborhood. So after about an half an hour there was a cry in the air of let's burn this place down. This guy you know was always you know the manager of the store he didn't hire any Black people over here. The prices were sky high. You know he always had this general kind of disgust for us. So they say so well let's burn it on down. Because he didn't mean anything to us anyway we got all of the food out of here will need. So after they I tried to jump in at that point and said hey look if you torch this place the fire's going to spread all over the place. So after about two or three minutes I was able to prevail they say OK cool well we're going to go back and clean up the place and get the rest of the food that was left over in the store.