Interview with Dr. Robert Ellis
QUESTION 26
INTERVIEWER:

THERE WERE A LOT OF OUTSIDERS COMING IN ALSO. WAS THAT, WAS THAT SOMETHING THAT WAS WORRYING YOU? THERE WERE PEOPLE FROM OUTSIDE OF THE UNIVERSITY AND OUTSIDE OF THE AREA COMING INTO OXFORD.

Dr. Robert Ellis:

Some years, uh, I guess I was a year later after the riot at Oxford, we had uh, uh, the dean of student affairs at Mississippi State and the student body leaders come to Oxford to make plans for the football game that we played against State in Oxford that year. The purpose of the meeting was to hold down the uh, um, activities of students that uh, destroyed and so on. And I can recall that uh, the dean of students made the statement, yes indeed, said the people in Starkville, and Columbus were encouraging students from State to come up to Old Miss and help keep Meredith out of Old Miss. I recall driving to the campus** on Monday morning, the riot had occurred on the previous Sunday and I saw bands of teenagers flying confederate flags and marching along the perimeter of the campus like they were going to war. It was just completely unreal, and I recall that uh, after the riot, it seems to me there were something like a hundred and fifty people who were physically uh, captured by the marshals and the military and uh, dumped into the basement under the registrar's office, prisoners who had been captured. And of all these people who were captured, a relatively few of them were students at Old Miss or even local residents of Oxford. They were from all over.