Interview with Colonel Floyd Mann
QUESTION 2
INTERVIEWER:

WHEN DID YOU FIRST HEAR ABOUT THE FREEDOM RIDERS COMING INTO ALABAMA AND WHAT WAS YOUR, WHAT WAS THE FEELING IN THE STATE, NOT AMONG OFFICIALS, BUT LOCAL PEOPLE?

Col. Floyd Mann:

Well, of course it was something new, we picked up rumors several weeks prior to them arriving in Alabama. Uh, also it was a certain something that the state police had not been confronted with in the past. We'd had local demonstrations by local people and, but this was the first time we'd had an interstate movement on the part of people. It was testing such things as uh lunch counters, water fountains, restrooms, so we knew that it would be a in all probability a, a police problem.