Interview with Robert Moses
QUESTION 15
INTERVIEWER:

AND MEDGAR IS KILLED IN JACKSON NOT LONG AFTER THAT. WHAT DID THAT, WHAT DID THAT SAY TO PEOPLE IN MISSISSIPPI? WHO DID THEY REACT TO THAT? HOW—HOLD IT...I ASKED YOU ABOUT WHEN MEDGAR…

Robert Moses:

Shortly after Medgar left Greenwood then he began to really organize the Jackson movement and it was a man from Greenwood who went down and shot him, Byron De La Beckwith I think his name was, and for people in the movement, it was simply another in a long list of assassinations. I mean what Amzie said was the modern form of lynching is the shooting, and that was what was happening, I mean for Herbert Lee down in Ames county in 1960, [Note: Herbert Lee was killed in Amite County in 1961], the attempt on Jimmy Travis and myself and up in Greenwood in 1962 or '63, and then Medgar. And then after Medgar there was Louis Allen in 196..early 1964 and then somewhere around in that time we don't know when, two young students at Alcorn were murdered and buried. They were later uncovered when they were looking for the bodies of Mickey [sic] and Chaney and Goodman. So it was just a pattern of, if you can't stop them try to kill off the leadership, and people were determined to go on. I mean you had already come to grips with the fact that if you were down there working then you were subject to that kind of violence, and the decision was are you going to do this work or are you not going to do the work. And the people were determined to do it.