Interview with James L. Hicks
QUESTION 10
INTERVIEWER:

WELL, I'D LIKE TO GO DIRECTLY THE TRIAL ITSELF. CAN YOU DESCRIBE FOR US IN SENSE OF WORD PICTURES WHAT THE TRIAL WAS LIKE AND THE WAY IT WAS RUN IN THE COURTROOM, THE SENSE OF IT…

James L. Hicks:

Uh, I can describe what happened in the trial, in the Till case… the trial, the ah, two races and this to me was uh, unbelievable in uh, many respects because uh, I had covered courts all over this nation but uh, I never saw anything like the case before. And it was stemmed from number 1, it was a segregated courtroom and uh, the uh, veteran whites, the white veterans were all deputized. The press table was denied uh, the black press, we had to sit at a bridge table far off from the jury and uh, the uh,