Interview with Curtis Jones
QUESTION 28
INTERVIEWER:

O.K., START AGAIN AND TELL ME WHAT WAS A WAY OF LIFE. O.K.?

Curtis Jones:

It was a way of life, you know, the way my parents told me down there, and, uh, so when you went down there, I guess the average black person expect certain things, you know. Just like my grandfather was telling me, he'd say, "That was, wasn't the first time these mens had committed a, a homicide." He said, once they were selling watermelons and this black man was sitting on this porch with his family, and they asked him, did he want to buy a watermelon? And he stated, uh, no, nobody want to buy no mealy-mouth watermelons. And these two guys, same two brothers, grabbed him and beat him to death with a chain. His family got him, buried him, they didn't even make a police report, they didn't even notify the she- the sheriff. So this was a way of life down there, you know. And, and so, but after they killed my cousin Emmett, I think this woke a lots of peoples up, you know, really showed them how hostile they was, you know.