Interview with Helen Kelly
QUESTION 4
SAM POLLARD:

And what did you do after the children got home? I mean--

HELEN KELLY:

We kept them in the house, uh--

SAM POLLARD:

I'm sorry, just start again.

HELEN KELLY:

We, we k- we kept them in the house and told them that you couldn't go outside because we didn't want nobody shooting to hurt them and so, everybody stayed in the house, my husband and all of us, we stayed in the house.

SAM POLLARD:

I'm going to ask you that again so you can say, "When my children came home, I wanted to keep them in the house, I didn't want them to go out there, I didn't want them to get hurt, I was concerned about what was happening out in the street."

HELEN KELLY:

Well, I was concerned about what was happening out there in the street.

SAM POLLARD:

I know, I know, I just need you to say, "When, when, when my children got home--"

HELEN KELLY:

From the church?

SAM POLLARD:

Yes.

HELEN KELLY:

OK. Now when the children came home from church, they was telling me how so many things was burned up on--ah, coming home, what they saw on the bus coming from, ah, from church. And I said, "Well, the best thing we can do is stay in the house." And they said, "Well, we can go in the back yard." I said, "I don't think you all should go nowhere because it's too bad out there." So I was very much concerned, I told my husband he couldn't go to work, we all had to just stay there in the house, so we, so when the, ah, the troops came in and they was riding those trucks, you know, what you call them, with the guns on them, up and down the streets, and they housed them over on Central High School playground, that's where they were. And they was up and down that street all night and all day, going, when they come down 12th St., 12- 12th Street is one way going north, and they would turn when they get to Highland and go back over to Central High School to the parking lot where they was housed there. So, and those guys they'll say, "Get off the porch!" And so, ah, people on the porch, they run in the house, so that's the way that went. It was very devastating watching all that kind of stuff.

SAM POLLARD:

Let's cut.