Interview with Curtis Jones
QUESTION 6
INTERVIEWER:

NOW TELL ME, TELL ME ABOUT, UH, GOING TO THE STORE THAT DAY AND THE DARE, AND, AND, HOW THAT KIND OF WAS A PART OF SOMETHING EMMETT WOULD PICK UP AND DO.

Curtis Jones:

Well, my grandfather was a preacher, he had a church. And he had a little raggledy, I think it was a '41 Ford, if I'm not mistaken. And he took all of us to church that day, including my grandmother and my three uncles, myself, Emmett, and Wheeler. So while he was in the pulpit preaching we get the car and drive to Money. So, at the time of the incident I was sitting out there playing checkers with this older man, and, uh, Emmett was mingling with these young boys, I guess around his age, around fourteen year, at the time I was seventeen I was a senior in high school, he had just graduated from grammar school, so there was a little age difference between us two. And, the next thing I know, one of the boys came up to me and say, uh, "Say, man, you got a crazy cousin, he just went in there and said bye to that white woman." And that's when, um, this man I was playing checkers with, this older man, I guess he must've been around bout sixty or seventy, he jumped straight up and said, "Boy," say, "y'all better get out of here," he say, "that lady'll come out of that store and blow your brains out‚"**you know. So, when he said that she was coming out the store, and we hopped in the car, and took and ran, and drove back to the church.