Interview with Dave Dennis
QUESTION 27
INTERVIEWER:

SOME PEOPLE WOULD, IT WAS, AT THAT TIME, PEOPLE SAID THAT, THAT WAS WHAT YOU WANTED, THAT'S, THAT'S THE ATTENTION, THAT WAS THE WHOLE POINT. HOW DID YOU…?

Dave Dennis:

No, at the, we wanted attention, uh we expected something to happen, we didn't want death to occur. Um, but we knew that that was that strong a possibility, just as it was everyday for us working, anyone working in the state. Uh, in Mississippi. I don't think that a lot of people understood the dangers until this, event occurred. See, to give an example of what I'm talking about the difference for the, uh, what the summer project brought about, the attention, if you recall during the time they were looking for the bodies of uh Chaney, Schwerner and Goodman, they found other bodies throughout this state. Uh, they found torsos in the Mississippi River, they found people who were buried they even found a few bodies of people on the side of roads, and things of that nature. All the time, is the press and people saying is is that we, they had found a body, or they found two bodies, the autopsies are being run or whatever you have to see whether or not they could be identified as some of the, the three missing workers. As soon as it was determined that they were not the three workers, or one of the three workers, then everybody said well it was not the three workers, they're still missing and those deaths were forgotten, they was looking for the three people. And that's what we were talking about in terms of what the freedom uh, summer was all about in terms of why it was necessary to bring that attention on. Because people forgot, and if it had just been blacks there, we would have forgotten again if it had just been three black people missing. Because what occurred there is a proof of that is, that the bodies that they found during the interval of the first missing of the three workers, in the time that they found, there was no real attention given to those deaths.