Interview with Colonel Floyd Mann
QUESTION 65
INTERVIEWER:

ONE QUICK QUESTION, ABOUT UH, AT THE MEETINGS PRIOR TO MONTGOMERY, THE WHOLE UH, YOUR FEELINGS ON THIS WHOLE QUESTION OF STATE VERSUS FEDERAL RESPONSIBILITY, AND WHAT THE REAL ISSUES WERE HERE.

Col. Floyd Mann:

Well, I certainly knew, as director of public safety my responsibility was law and order and to protect those people. I certainly in those meeting that I attended with the Governor and also representatives from the Attorney General's office in Washington that I also got the impression that uh, certainly a lot of their concerns were political. Both state and national, so therefore uh, I uh certainly decided that my best course was to follow my responsibility and to try to keep law and order in Alabama, which I certainly did try.