Interview with James Farmer
QUESTION 13
INTERVIEWER:

HAD YOU EXPECTED PROTECTION FROM THE GOVERNMENT?

James Farmer:

We had hoped that there would be protection. Indeed, that was one of the reasons that they sent a letter to the FBI. We had thought that the FBI would provide protection for us, would see to it at each stop that we were not brutalized or killed. But that did not happen.** Quite to the contrary, at each stop in Alabama, we found a mob waiting for us. And the mob had been advised in advance by police officials, according to testimony before a Senate Committee on Internal Security, those police officials were members of the Klan, and had turned our itinerary over to the Klan, and thus we had a warm reception waiting for us at every stop in Alabama.