Interview with E.D. Nixon
QUESTION 11
INTERVIEWER:

OR WAS BEING THE SECRETARY TO THE NAACP WAS NOT—WAS AN UNPAID POSITION?

E.D. Nixon:

No, she got some pay…she got some worker…but she wasn't working directly for me. She was working at a, at a clothes store when this thing happened. And she had worked a whole day down there as a seamstress, and then got off and trying to come home December the 5th, I mean the first. It's pretty crowded downtown at that time of evening on the weekend. And, and so by the time she got out there and got her a seat, got comfortable the bus driver told her to get up and give it over to the white man seat and stand up. That mean four black people had to get up so one white man could sit down. And that, them seats was—she was sitting in the seats that were reserved for black, ordinarily reserved for black. That was the last seat that black people could sit in. But under the law of the police, the, the bus driver had police power. He could make you get up, have you arrested and so he could sign the warrant for your arrest. That's what happened to her there. So when the police got on the car, they wanted to know if, asked her, did—was she going to get up? She told them no, and so they wanted to know from that bus driver, was he going to sign a warrant for her arrest, or just wanted them to give her a reprimand. He said, "I'm going to sign a warrant for her arrest." And it was the worst thing that ever happened to him.