Interview with Burke Marshall
QUESTION 15
INTERVIEWER:

STAYING IN MONTGOMERY, JOHN SEIGENTHALER GETS VERY BADLY BEATEN UP IN MONTGOMERY. WAS THERE A PARTICULAR IMPACT THAT THIS HAD?

Burke Marshall:

Well, John Seigenthaler was hit over the head and had a serious concussion, he was unconscious for a good while. He was left lying in the streets because nobody would pick him up. The people in the Klan just didn't pay any attention to him. He was a personal friend of the Attorney General, a very close friend for many years and so natural it had an impact that was more direct I suppose than somebody being treated in the same way that wasn't a personal friend. But it didn't have any, make any difference to what was done, I think exactly what was done would have been done whether John Seigenthaler had been hurt as well as John Lewis, or not. It didn't make any difference in that sense.