Interview with Colonel Floyd Mann


Col. Floyd Mann:

Well, in the governor's election in 1958, two candidates, Governor John Patterson and Governor George Wallace were the candidates. At that time in Alabama, segregation was an issue, a very burning issue apparently and uh it became very competitive on the part of both Patterson and Wallace to try to get the support of uh people who felt very strongly about these issues because as you are aware, uh black people, not many black people could vote in Alabama at that point in time. So uh, it's very evident to me that who won the Governor's race at that point in time would be the people who could uh muster the most uh white support.