Interview with Colonel Floyd Mann
QUESTION 71
INTERVIEWER:

GREAT OK, UH, AGAIN JUST A FEW QUESTIONS, UM I MEAN IN A FEW SENTENCES. DURING THE NIGHT OF MAY 21, WHEN THE MOB SURROUNDED THE CHURCH, UM THE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH HERE, AND UH MARSHALS, U.S. MARSHALS ARE TRYING TO HOLD BACK THE CROWD, AT THAT POINT WHY DID GOVERNOR PATTERSON DECLARE MARTIAL LAW AND BRING IN THE NATIONAL GUARD?

Col. Floyd Mann:

Well, I felt like the Governor Patterson declared martial law for two reasons. One was to uh, make certain that those people were not harmed and another was to regain control of the situation because it, uh, the U.S. marshals had been ordered into Alabama. And I certainly felt at that point in time that uh, the Governor by ordering martial law, that he would regain control of the situation so far as uh being in control of what happened in Montgomery, Alabama.