Interview with Myrlie Evers
QUESTION 20
INTERVIEWER:

OK, SO I WANT YOU TO TALK ABOUT YOUR, YOUR HUSBAND'S ROLE, THE ROLE HE PLAYED IN THE TRIAL OF EMMETT TILL IN HELPING TO GET THE WITNESSES TOGETHER.

Myrlie Evers:

Medgar played a very important role, I feel, in the Emmett Till case. As field secretary for the NAACP a part of his responsibility was to investigate murders. He and Amzie Moore and a few others dressed as sharecroppers, would change cars to trucks and what-not, go on the plantations, ask people, go into the communities and ask people information about the murderers or the accused murderers, what had happened, of certainly making contact with the local officials and getting the press out. And it was a very dangerous job at that particular time. Medgar was also responsible, not only for finding witnesses but helping to get them out of town, and I remember one very distinct case where he used a casket, and put a person in a casket, and—in conjunction with a mortuary—and got the person out of town. Out of town, out of the state, across the border, to Tennessee, and then north.

CAMERA CREW MEMBER:

THIS WILL BE TAKE ELEVEN. SPEED. AND MARKING.