Interview with Amzie Moore
QUESTION 32
ARNDT:

NOW DID, DID YOU KNOW THE PEOPLE WHO TESTIFIED THOUGH, UM, MAMIE BRADLEY AND WILLY REED AND MOSE WRIGHT?

Amzie Moore:

Well, I, I'd never, didn't know them prior to that time. Uh, I can't truthfully say I heard anybody testify, because I just couldn't get inside, and I, I didn't uh…

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Amzie Moore:

…he says uh – "Nigger, he says, I've been knowing you for X number of years, and uh, I want to know uh, whether or not uh, that you invited that woman here." Well, see, I didn't know anything about that, I hadn't read it, so of course, I didn't, I know I hadn't invited uh, Emmett Till cause I didn't even know her, had never seen her. And that news was fresh to us. And so the postmaster told him that I was employed there, that I was a leader of black people, that the leaders of the black people thought I was qualified to lead them, and that you don't lead me, she's telling this white man - you don't lead me. You don't, you don't tell me how to run this post office. And said at first, uh, you, you going to get yourself in a lot of trouble. Then his lawyer, he went to see the lawyer, when he got to see his lawyer, his lawyer tried to get me to come over to his law office and I informed them that I had no uh, problem with him and, and unless he had one with me, I wasn't coming. And uh, he, he, he decided then that he'd drop it because he didn't know how far he was going cause see, the white woman didn't decide with him against me. And so he uh, decided that he would uh, go talk to his lawyer and see what could he do. And now I, I'm normally seared of white people when they got guns and there's nobody but me…used to be that way, I'm not now, I've lived a lot of my life already. Uh, but I was working at the post office, anywhere I'd go - say for instance I had to go right by, if I was going to the laundry, I had to pass right by his door. If I went to the drugstore up the street from the post office, his daughter was running the drugstore, and here I am knowing that this man killed three or four people and we kind of felt like, you know, that he would seek the opportunity to probably bump me off. But even against my will, I had to find him, if he's in that drugstore - not because I really wanted to, but I was forced to do it. And could walk right as close to him as I could, and out the door, on up the street, And I had to pass right by his little office, shop, going to the laundry - I did it every day. And uh, one man had said- don't treat…that man might shoot you, he's killed X number of people. But there was no respond to that, I just had to go, response rather…on by. I had no weapons or nothing. And uh, I did that…