Interview with Dr. Robert Ellis
QUESTION 30
INTERVIEWER:

AND WE WERE JUST, YOU WERE JUST GONNA DRIVE US TO THE CIRCLE AND YOU WERE TELLING ME ABOUT THE KINDS OF THINGS YOU WERE SEEING…

Dr. Robert Ellis:

Yeah, one of the most touching scenes I recall seeing was the uh, chairman of our department of health, physical education and recreation was out uh, on the street behind the administration collecting the tennis court nets. They had been taken from the courts uh, oh, two or three blocks away and strewed in back of the administration building. Why, you know, one can't know, but uh, it was uh, the streets were just filled with uh, wrecks, burned out wrecks and, and debris. It was very obvious that there had been a riot. And it must have been two or three days later before the smell of tear gas uh, finally uh, disappeared from the campus. I uh, reported to my office. As I recall it, uh, there weren't very many of the staff there. Uh, many of them were too afraid to come to the campus on Monday. And uh, later uh,** the representatives from the Justice department and the Chief Marshall, I think it was Mr. Doar and Mr. McShane uh, accompanied James Meredith and came to my private office and I accommodated the registration there.** I recall also that there was a Time reporter who barged into the office uh, very quickly and took a, a picture of the, of the scene at the time. And I recall seeing that picture in Time Magazine later and uh, I had the appearance of uh, one who uh, was a bit angry about the whole situation. I'm not sure it was anger as much as it was uh, the fantastically tense uh, environment that I was reacting to.