Interview with Erle Johnston
QUESTION 51
INTERVIEWER:

OK, HOW WOULD EVENTS HAPPENING OUTSIDE OF MISSISSIPPI DURING THIS PERIOD, LIKE THIS—THE MARCH ON WASHINGTON AND THE, THE RESPONSE THAT IT DREW AFFECT THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE? IN OTHER WORDS, WHAT WAS YOUR REACTION TO THIS HUGE MARCH OF PEOPLE WHO WERE DEMANDING CIVIL RIGHTS AND WHO WERE COMING OUT, AND BY THE THOUSANDS IN WASHINGTON? WHAT DID—HOW DID YOU REACT?

Erle Johnston:

During that period, of course there were a lot of marches in Alabama you know, and Washington, other places like that, and of course, Mississippians watched developments. A lot of them that wondered if we were going to have that kind of thing happen in Mississippi too. And of course there was always the fear of what would happen, how it would happen, but they tried their best to say that's happening there and we hope it doesn't happen here.