Interview with Judge Robert Carter
QUESTION 2
INTERVIEWER:

DO YOU REMEMBER ANY PARTICULAR STORIES OF THE TRAVELLING, AS YOU WERE DOING, AS YOU WERE DOING THE BROWN CASES IN THE LOWER COURTS?

Judge Robert Carter:

Well, I—we didn't have—I didn't have any while I was in Court. I really didn't have any particular problem. I think the it wasn't during Brown but the only memorable, well, there were a couple of little things, as a matter of fact, but they didn't occur during Brown. One was I—my first case in Mississippi and I went down to Mississippi with Judge Martley. It was her first—the first Black woman to appear in in the courts in Mississippi. And we were in the Federal Court, and we were putting these—it was a school teacher salary case, and we were putting these people on the stand and asking them questions and the courtroom was full of blacks and so forth. And the—at one time I recall that the superintendent wanted to ask me a question. I said, "No, this is my ballgame not yours. I ask the questions and you answer it." And the Judge, of course, had to say that was correct. Afterwards all over town in the barbershops and so forth there were reenacting Connie Martley and me these—questioning these folks. That I recall but that wasn't during Brown. I don't recall anything being particularly, you know, on the—what I think you might be interested in. I don't believe that I have anything memorable during Brown.