Interview with John Doar
QUESTION 41
INTERVIEWER:

WHAT CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT THAT EXPERIENCE IN THAT, IN THE, FOR THE FIRST OF WEEKS THAT JAMES MEREDITH WAS ON CAMPUS.

John Doar:

Well, as I said, we tried to see that James Meredith was treated the same was as any other student and had as much freedom as, as, to move around as a student. Uh, as we could, as he could. And, uh, so we didn't ring him with marshals when he moved from one class room to another and when he ate in the cafeteria, usually, or always, I would eat with him, but uh, and there might be two or three marshals at uh, neighboring tables, but we would not attempt to get off in some corner, or we weren't—attempt to get off in some corner, or attempt to eat in, some private room, we ate right in the main cafeteria. And, uh, generally, we got a lot of hostile stares, and some cat calls, but nobody ever made any attempt to to, uh, threaten uh, Meredith in any way, shape or form. I think I remember one night where uh, somebody got, some student got exuberant and several students started to gather around the table where we sat. And uh, there were, you get the typical build-up of a crowd of kids and uh, my judgment it was something that could possibly present some risk to Meredith, so we just moved out of there and finished up and left as quickly as we could. So that, that was the closest, that was considered to be close at all for any time when I was with James Meredith that he, had any situation where he looked like he'd have, any problem would arise.