Interview with Dillard Munford
QUESTION 7
JACKIE SHEARER:

What was Jackson's relationship to the downtown White business community?

DILLARD MUNFORD:

Zero. Zero. No contacts at all. Ah, the thing that--

JACKIE SHEARER:

I'm sorry. Could you give me a full sentence that says, with zero in it, that says--

DILLARD MUNFORD:

Yea. There was little or no contact with the White business community and the mayor's office when Maynard was elected. Ah, he made no overtures to the White community. And they tried to make them to him, as they normally do when they change, change city government. But, he wouldn't return phone calls. But, he had ah, the bankers and top people just standing on their ear trying to get in touch with him. And, and, he didn't call. And, that was then, that was, you know, it was pretty bad at that time. Because a city government is the better part of the business community. And, you have to have some contacts with the city before you can do a lot of things. But, we had none.