Interview with Colonel Floyd Mann
QUESTION 19
INTERVIEWER:

LET'S STOP FOR A SECOND, I THINK, UH, LET'S CUT FOR A SECOND. NEW YEAR'S DAY?

CAMERA CREW MEMBER:

TAKE SIX.

Col. Floyd Mann:

We knew that it would be very important for the state police to know what route these people were going to take when they arrived in Alabama. So we thought it would be a good idea to send a state investigator to Atlanta to board this bus. And Mothers Day 1961 was when they arrived in Alabama; Anniston, Alabama. While this bus was in Anniston, uh, the Ku Klux Klan and other members surrounded that bus and would not let the people off the bus. While it was in the bus station they also cut the tires on the bus. They knew that those tires would go down, so when the bus left Anniston toward Birmingham, the Klan followed the bus out on the highway. ‘scuse me a minute I need a little drink of water.