Interview with John Lewis


John Lewis:

I grew up in rural Alabama, about fifty miles south of Montgomery and the third child in a family of ten. The little place where I grew up is so small it's very difficult to locate it on the map, on the Alabama map. Martin Luther King Jr. used to refer to this place as being Four Corners, Alabama. It's near a little place called Troy. My father was a sharecropper and later, I was four years old in 1944, he had saved something like 300 dollars. And with those 300 dollars we moved from the plantation, and we bought 110 acres of land where my family was able to raise cotton, corn, nuts, chickens, so it's part of my growing up permanently in rural Alabama.