Interview with Dr. John O. Brown
QUESTION 12
MADISON DAVIS LACY:

All right, Dr. Brown tell me that alligator story.

DR. JOHN O. BROWN:

All right, about the same time we were having expressway relocation among the Blacks there was a movement afoot to build a new airport in this area. And, ah, the new airport would be a jet port out in the Everglades and the environmentalists and everything got together and they fought that and to this day that airport has not been built because they said they didn't want to destroy the alligators. But when it came to removing the Blacks from Overtown, there was nobody to fight that battle. So, in fact, they wouldn't even subsidize the federal money that came in for the expressway relocation. So in the Black community we had the saying that the State of Florida thought more of its alligators than it did of its Black people.