WHEN THE FREEDOM RIDERS CAME INTO THE STATE, THEY LEFT ATLANTA ON MAY 14. THERE WAS AN OFFICIAL ON THE BUS, JUST EXPLAIN UH, WHO THAT PERSON WAS AND WHY HE WAS ON THE BUS?
Well, we knew that the bus was going to be coming into Alabama from Atlanta, we did not have any communications or any uh, information from those people about what route they'd be taking in Alabama, so we decided that for the benefit of the state police and also to try to protect this bus and the people on the bus, it would be important for us to have some type of information. So we sent one of the state investigators, a Mr. L. Cowden to Atlanta to board that bus. Uh, this was on Sunday, I remember, New Years Day of 1961.