Interview with Casey Hayden
QUESTION 7
INTERVIEWER:

BUT YOU… WHAT ABOUT ALL THE BLACK DEATHS AND THE VIOLENCE THAT YOU HAD HEARD ABOUT AND HAD, HAD HIT… AFFECTED THE SNCC PEOPLE?

Casey Hayden:

Well the time, just, you know, if something specifically came up it was very frightening, uh, you know, there was an instance when I had a reporter with me that I had taken up to Greenwood and people were running into the back of the car trying to run us off the road, you know that was very scary to have your car rammed into from behind. Uh, and sometimes driving back and forth, we lived in Tougaloo, I lived in Tougaloo, uh, outside Jackson, so, you know, sometimes driving back and forth we'd be followed. That was scary when we were followed. But other than the times when it was specifically happening I wasn't really very fearful. I felt protected somehow. I just felt safe. We had one funny, actually it wasn't funny looking back it was funny. When we um… we had this house at Tougaloo which was sort of like an R & R center, cause we had a, we were one of the few, we had a couch and we had chairs and a kitchen, it was a real house and uh, so there were a lot of people sleeping I guess that was during the summer of '64 and uh, there were just people crashed all over the place. And there were these shots outside the house and I thought, well they've found us, this is it. And we were all crawling around, none of us were dressed, we were all in night clothes or crawling around on the floor trying to stay below window level. And I kept, I was, I remember whispering to people, [unintelligible] "Try to get out the back, try to get out the back because they're gonna try, they'll come in and set the house on fire." And I was in a state of real terror and I was sure that this was, we were all going to die crawling around on the floor. And uh, then it turned out it was uh, some folks who'd come back from town a little looped and were just shooting off some guns, you know it was some of our own folks out in the yard doing this. And I can remember we were all, we were all sitting around on the floor just looking at each other kind of in this state of shock and it was very funny, you know we were laughing, and, hysteria you know, it was slightly hysterical, it was hysterical but it was very funny and uh, it's, so, that was fearful. But other than those kinds of things it wasn't, in between it was OK.