Interview with Rev. Joseph Ellwanger
QUESTION 11
INTERVIEWER:

NOW, I'M, I'M TOLD THAT SOMETHING FUNNY HAPPENED ON THE STEPS THERE AT, AFTER YOU GOT UP AND YOU GOT PAST THE DEPUTY. GO BACK AND GIVE ME A LITTLE OF, OF THAT COLORFUL SCENE THERE.

Rev. Joseph Ellwanger:

That was a colorful scene because uh, on the one side of the street were uh, at least fifty or sixty whites and uh what we would call uh, rednecks, many of them from the country. Uh, and representing White Citizens' Council types and Ku Klux Klan types, uh they had their cars revved up uh with limburger cheese on the manifold so that there was a lot of smoke that was being blown into our eyes and across the street was a group probably of a hundred, hundred and fifty blacks and uh, they were rather quiet as we demonstrated uh, but before we knew it, uh, after we sang, um, "America" and read our statement of concern, uh, the, the uh, the redneck group began singing "Dixie" and uh, the Blacks across the street began singing "We Shall Overcome," and we had an interesting uh moment but for us, we barely heard "Dixie," all that we heard was "We Shall Overcome" and it was really a moment of support for us because uh, we were in the middle of this, and uh we felt we had somebody backing us up there if, if it came to that kind of a confrontation.