Interview with E.D. Nixon
QUESTION 17
INTERVIEWER:

HOW MUCH MONEY WAS COLLECTED THAT FIRST NIGHT?

E.D. Nixon:

That first night? Seven hundred and some odd dollars. And I—you know what I left here once? With $87,000 in a briefcase. Stopped in Atlanta and I, I put some in the bank in Atlanta, put some in the bank in Raleigh, put some in the bank in Richmond, put some in a bank in Washington, put some in the bank in Philadelphia, and put the rest in a bank in New York. Now I wasn't even under a bond. All I'd had to do was take the money and put it in the bank in an assumed name, I'd have been a no-good so-and-so-and-so for a while, and after that people forgot it, and I'd a been Mr. Nixon, but this was the Montgomery Improvement Association. And I, I just couldn't see any point of it. They would take a dime out. We need it to operate, and all the cars we had to operate on gas and all that kind of stuff. And you see, you talk about the Treasurer—we've got a woman in this town, if you could see her name, Georgia Gilmore on the other side of town, big fat woman, very good worker. She brought a hundred dollars in every Monday night from the No-Name Club. We runned [sic] it down. She was the President. She was the Secretary. She was the Treasurer. She was all its members. Well, you just don't propose—don't suppose to get people like that, and I, I—whether they high or low in academics. I said, "You ought to, to use all our resources regardless to academic training," and I still say so. I remember doing it at a bus boycott once that we had to see a white man for something. I didn't know him, and I forgot who the man was, now it's been so long, but they had a man who parked cars down at the hotel named Bunch. He belonged to the same—me and him go to the same church, but I didn't know it at that time. So I went down that morning hoping that I—whoever the guy parking the cars that I'd know him, and I got down there and I didn't recognized him. But he recognized me. He knew me.