Interview with Sheriff James Clark
QUESTION 16
INTERVIEWER:

OK, THAT'S FINE. NOW JOHN LEWIS REPORTED ONCE THAT YOU SAID TO HIM ONE DAY IN THE MIDST OF ALL THIS—THE VOTER REGISTRATTON DRIVE IN '63—NOW YOU SAID, JOHN LEWIS, YOU'RE AN OUTSIDE AGITATOR, AND AN OUTSIDE AGITATOR IS THE LOWEST FORM OF HUMANITY. DID YOU REALLY SAY THAT? AND IF SO, IS THAT WHAT YOU FELT AT THE TIME?

Sheriff James Clark:

I don't remember—I remember that John Lewis made many untrue statements. John Lewis was raised in Troy, Alabama, and I was raised in Elba, Alabama only thirty miles apart. I did not think he had any business in Selma because he was not a resident there, but I don't remember saying anything to him like that.