Interview with John Doar
QUESTION 24
INTERVIEWER:

UM, BEFORE WE, IN THAT, IN THAT PERIOD OF TIME YOU WERE IN JACKSON AND THEN IN OXFORD FOR THE LAST COUPLE OF DAYS THERE, DID YOU SEE THE GATHERING VIOLENCE IN THE, IN THE CITY, DID YOU, DID YOU TRY TO WARN ANYONE THAT THERE WAS AN UGLY CROWD GATHERING?

John Doar:

Well you, you didn't have, you didn't have to warn anybody, you could, you could see that there was an ugly crowd gathering. We went down and, and uh, uh, there was a… there was a crowd around the state office building, uh, there was a, uh, a uh, when we went down the first time to, to Oxford, of course, the, the sheriffs of many of the counties blocked the road along with the lieutenant governor. And there were people along the side of the roads hollering and shouting, uh, the next time we went down they, the department concluded it just wasn't safe for us to continue with that kind of a, a, a force of thirty or forty marshals, so we returned to Memphis and went back the next day with, uh, announced, and, uh, then with a, uh, considerable greater force of marshals.