Interview with Erle Johnston
QUESTION 20
INTERVIEWER:

[laughter] LET'S SEE, WE—TELL ME THAT INCIDENT ABOUT IN THE SUMMER OF '64 YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT THE INFLUENCE OF THE CITIZENS' COUNCIL IN, IN THAT TIME, WHEN WHEN YOU WERE WALKING ACROSS THE STREET WITH THIS, AND FELL INTO STEP WITH ONE OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS WORKERS. GIVE—TELL ME THAT STORY.

Erle Johnston:

Well, of course back in those days there was a certain hysteria that sometimes obliterated practicality or fact and I know that sometimes the finger of suspicion would be pointed at a person who might have just accidentally walked across the street with a person who was an outsider, or who was a civil rights worker, or who was a person who had already established some kind of reputation. And just because you were going across the street together, why, the innocent person got sort of branded or at least had a finger pointed at him.