Interview with James Farmer
QUESTION 23
INTERVIEWER:

WHAT DID HE SAY ON HEARING THAT YOU WOULD BE GOING ON THE FREEDOM RIDE?

James Farmer:

Well he studied the itinerary and he said, "Well, you'll be all right through Virginia and North Carolina and I think even South Carolina, possibly Georgia, but 'Bama, they'll take a pop-shot [pot shot?] at you there, and I hope they miss. I don't think you'll reach Mississippi. If you do reach Mississippi, then you'll think Alabama had been purgatory and Mississippi was hell, because it will be even worse." He said, "I am certain you won't get to New Orleans. I wish you would not go on this ride, but I know you will, and I hope you survive it." Those were his words, I think verbatim.