Interview with Rachel Nelson West
QUESTION 10
INTERVIEWER:

THAT WOULD BE THE FIRST TIME THAT A LOT OF WHITE PEOPLE HAD STAYED AT YOUR HOUSE THEN.

West:

Right, right. That's the first time white people stayed at my house, yes, indeed. And you know, of course I was wondering what was going on. But like I said, we had, there was Johnson Daniels, there was James Bellville, Jose Williams, John Lewis, Stokely Carmichael, Dick Gregory, Ralph Abernathy, all these people stayed with us, just to name a few, there was many of them. Jonathan Daniels, he helped with the voter registration drive. He was killed, shot down in Haynesville, Alabama, Jonathan Daniels had a lot of influence on black people, He had, I could recall the times when he used to just sit down and talk to Cheyenne and myself, play games, we prayed together, we ate together, we walk and talk together. Not only naming Jonathan Daniels but there were many, many other leaders. I could recall this particular person, Frank Sirocco, Sirocco, he was one of the many leaders, he was one of the first- four white leaders that came down to help support this drive. I could recall, Bloody Sunday, the postman, they was trying to track him down. At this particular time I was headed back toward the housing project to my apartment and Frank he grabbed me with one arm, carried me straight up to the stairs of my mother's apartment where the postman was after him trying to kill him. I turned around and noticed that there was a state trooper on horse running right, right after me, and if this particular man hadn't grabbed me, I think I wouldn't be here today. So, it's just, you know something I can just never forget.