Interview with John McLaurin
QUESTION 4
INTERVIEWER:

NOW, AT WHAT POINT WOULD YOU SAY DID THE GOVERNOR AND YOU AND OTHER PEOPLE REALIZE THAT THE UNIVERSITY AND THE COURTS WERE NOT GOING TO STOP THIS, THIS ENROLLMENT THAT THE GOVERNOR WAS GOING TO HAVE TO TAKE SOME ACTION HIMSELF.

John McLaurin:

Well, he had told us all the way through that it was not going to happen and he led the people of Mississippi and we believed in him. And we didn't believe that it would actually happen. And Kennedy brought the troops in then and of course defeated, defeated us with the troops. Uh, it was just like war up there when we flew in the evening of the event, uh, the army had taken over the Oxford airport. And they had to check us out before they'd let us out of the airplane. It was just like war times.