Interview with John McLaurin
QUESTION 48
INTERVIEWER:

YOU WERE GOING TO TELL ME WHAT YOU THOUGHT THE EFFECT ON POLITICS AFTERWARDS WERE.

John McLaurin:

I think that this had a lot to do with the politics in the next primary election which was in 1963, the following year. Uh, Lieutenant Governor Paul Johnson stood up to MacShane uh, at one point up at Oxford when Governor Barnett could not get up there, the weather was bad and he couldn't fly. And Paul Johnson was already there. And he led uh, outside up there and was confronted by MacShane and Meredith. At one point he was caught with his fist doubled up in a, by some photographer. And it looked like that he was drawing his fist back to threaten or to hit MacShane. And in the governor's race of 1963 that picture was posted on big boards, billboards in the state, stand up for Mississippi and Paul Johnson won the election uh, handily… And he had the support of Governor Barnett too, Governor Barnett actively supported Paul Johnson, uh,