Interview with Dr. Robert Ellis
QUESTION 29
INTERVIEWER:

UM, STOP FOR A MOMENT.

CAMERA CREW MEMBER:

Marker.

Dr. Robert Ellis:

Well, I received a telephone call on Sunday by my superior, uh, telling me that uh, I would report to the campus on Monday morning for the purpose of registering James Meredith. I had been contacted about the possibility of registering him on Sunday which uh, I didn't agree to do because normally the offices are not open on Sunday. But I drove out to the campus on Monday morning after the riot and I enter—entered the North entrance uh, coming up sorority row. At the entrance to the campus, my automobile was stopped and uh, I had to open the trunk and it was searched and uh, then the army permitted me to continue on the campus after I had identified them as a member of the University staff. I drove on up, and I guess when I got to the circle was when I really saw the impact of the, of the riot the previous evening.** There were burned out cars. There was, I recall a, a, a big tractor on the um, in the center of the circle. There were tear gas canisters strewed over the streets in the campus. There were bullet holes in the columns and the uh, doorways of the administration building, the Lyceum…