Interview with Rachel Nelson West
QUESTION 15
INTERVIEWER:

LET ME ST0P YOU. START YOU AGAIN, AND JUST TELL ME, BECAUSE PEOPLE WON'T HEAR MY VOICE…

West:

Yes, I was afraid. Sometimes I was and sometimes I wasn't. Because this particular time Dr. King always led peaceful nonviolent marches. This is the main reason I wasn't afraid until Bloody Sunday, yes indeed. I was afraid. My parents was afraid, black people, people in general. There was gossip about there was going to be a riot break out. There was going to be tear gas, billy clubs, people was going to get killed or what have you. My parents told me not to march although my father, he participated in it. My father was sprayed with tear gas; he was beaten with billy clubs. Cheyenne and I went to M. Petis Bridge, there when I turned around and left Cheyenne, simply because I'm telling you, I was afraid.** I was on my way back when I turned around and heard all the yelling and screaming, people running and shouting. People was hollering tear gas, run, run for your life, people are being killed. And this was the time when I was almost ran over by this postman. And this was the time when Frank Sirocco picked me up and carried me to the house. John Lewis, Jose Williams, Abbot Turner, these was just some of them who was beaten.