Interview with Ethel Mae Matthews
QUESTION 19
JACKIE SHEARER:

So the rain and the mud didn't dampen people's spirit?

ETHEL MAE MATTHEWS:

No. Ah, ah, it didn't dampen nobody's spirit. It didn't dampen nobody's spirit. And then we would march in the rain, we would protest in the rain. And that's the first time I ever got any, ah, the stuff what they throw at you to break up protests and marches?

JACKIE SHEARER:

Tear gas.

ETHEL MAE MATTHEWS:

Tear gas. That's the first time that I had ever had any teargas thrown on me. We had to march down through town, you know, there's hundreds and hundreds of people. And then we went up to that park to have a big, you know, speak-out. And so the polices didn't want us to go there. We went anyway, so they got tear gas and sprayed on all of us. And that's the first time I'd ever witnessed anything like that. But the next day we, after we got through with our business. The next day we do the same thing. Go back to Resurrection City, pull our shoes off and wade the mud to go back into Resurrection City. And that's what we did for two weeks.