Interview with Erle Johnston
QUESTION 11
INTERVIEWER:

DID, DID GOVERNOR BARNETT IN THE SAME VEIN EVER EXPRESS FEELINGS TO YOU OR DID YOU EVER HEAR HIM MENTION HOW HE FELT ABOUT THE TWO DEATHS THAT RESULTED FROM THE OLD MISS INCIDENT?

Erle Johnston:

Oh, he was very regretful of the, of the two deaths at Mississippi University during that period because everybody, I don't care how extreme a segregationist you were abhorred violence and spoke against the violence in any form. And of course he did say that had the Kennedys not taken the National Guard away from him and federalized them in the army that he could have prevented a lot of that that occurred at Old Miss. But all he had under his control was the state highway patrolmen.