Interview with Curtis Jones
QUESTION 13
INTERVIEWER:

TELL ME, UM, DESCRIBE FOR ME, UM, THAT NIGHT WHEN YOU WERE SLEEPING, AND THE MEN COMING TO THE HOUSE AND WAKING YOU UP…

Curtis Jones:

Well, this incident happened that Wednesday. Thursday nothing happened, Friday nothing happened, Saturday nothing happened. So, say, Saturday night we went to town, the closest town was Greenwood, we went there, and we must have stayed there till approximate three o'clock that morning. So we returned and, uh, my grandfather didn't have but, uh, three rooms, had the kitchen and two bedrooms. And his bedroom, that's where we sit around, you know, turn it into a, uh, sitting room after he got up. So around about, I guess it must have been three o'clock, three thirty, I was awakened by a group of mens in the house. So, I didn't wake completely up, you know, youngsters, they sleep hard, you know. So I woke up, rubbing my eyes, and uh, and I seen all these white guys, you know, standing around, some of ‘em had shotguns and stuff. And it seemed like this should of scared me, but I went back to sleep before they left. I went back to sleep, and when I woke up the next, uh, morning I thought it was a head, it was a dream. So I jumped straight up, I went to the porch, and my grandfather was sitting on the porch, you know. So I asked him, I say, uh, "Poppa," I said, "did they bring Bo back." He said no. He said, "I hope they didn't kill that boy," you know. And that's when I got kind of scared, you know. So I asked him, I say, uh, "Ain't you going to call the police?" he said, "No, I can't call the police." He say, "They told me that if I call the sheriff they was go'n' kill him, kill everybody in this house," you know. So I told him, I say, "I'll call." So, I went down there to the, uh, the guy that owned the, uh, property there, his name was Mr. Ware, and I made the telephone call. But getting back to that night, the mens who came into the house and got him, you know, I heard from my grandfather on the porch there, at first, they was planning on taking all of us. When they came there, you know, he answered the door, and they asked, the first thing they asked him was did he have three boys in there from Chicago? And he stated yes, you know, he said I got my two uh, grandsons and a nephew. So they told him to get us up, but, in the course of getting us up, they changed their minds, they said get the one who, uh, did the talking, you know.