Interview with Erle Johnston
QUESTION 16
INTERVIEWER:

DID YOU ALL FEEL INVADED?

Erle Johnston:

Yes, several times [laughter]. We, we felt like we were invaded from the very beginning, that people from other states came in and were set up soap, soap stools or whatever you call it [laughter] and got on ‘em and started making speeches and then of course we had the big invasion of 1964 which was planned at a college in Ohio and publicity about indicated that some of those who were, were involved were going to give Mississippi a blood bath, in fact it was so published in the Harvard Crimson newspaper that they were going to have a blood bath. But they were undergoing a training period to try to integrate anything that was segregated in Mississippi regardless of whether it caused a fight or regardless of whatever.