Interview with John Lewis
QUESTION 14
INTERVIEWER:

OK, WHY, WHY DIDN'T YOU WANT TO TALK TO THE FBI?

John Lewis:

Well, we had some real reservations about communicating with the FBI. We had heard in from really from what I had seen, that for the most part, they spent most of their time taking pictures, taking notes. And we felt that they were somehow part of the local police establishment, that they were friends of the local police chief, of the police commissioner, the public safety commissioner, and we didn't trust the local FBI. Most of the FBI agents in Montgomery on that particular day, apparently, were from Birmingham, Mobile, and other parts of the South. And we had received a, a suggestion from I guess John Doar, who then was the assistant Attorney General in charge of civil rights, and he had suggested to us that we shouldn't talk to anyone before we were interviewed by him.