Interview with Virginia Durr


Virginia Durr:

Well the city wasn't growing and people weren't moving there and people, some people moving away and some military installments that were due to be built there were not built there but somewhere else. And uh, it was just sort of, you know, losing, losing things from it. But uh, it's, Montgomery, it's you know, it's, you've got to realize you're talking about a whole section of the country and I've got to say something in my, you know, in defense of my own state and that is that the, this situation had gone on, I mean, the, the you know the blacks being uh denied their rights, that had been going on since 1876 when you had the Hayes-Tilden deal and the federal troops were withdrawn. And the rest of the country just sat there for that hundred years and never did a thing. Do you realize that from 1876 until uh, 1932 when Roosevelt came into power, not one Congress, not one Senate, not one Supreme Court, not one state, nobody raised their hand about the treatment of the blacks in the South? And now when Roosevelt came in it did begin to happen and Mrs. Roosevelt was one of the leaders in it, but uh, I think it's a, you know, very disgraceful thing in a way that nobody in the north anywhere else ever raised their voice. Now one of the things that did help was that you see the South got so poor that a lot of blacks went north to Chicago and uh, Toledo and all kind of places like that, and they did attain some uh, political power so that through that political power that they gained in the North, and the fact that the federal government was on their side is what did it.