Interview with Daisy Nunley
QUESTION 11
SHEILA C. BERNARD:

OK, so then the phone call network has told you that the city is just going up, it's just getting crazy.

DAISY NUNLEY:

Um hm. And then as it was getting darker, ah, I was getting, I was terrified, I didn't know what was happening because everywhere I looked I could see flames burning, I, I looked towards 12th and, and over, ah, St. Agnes Church--I could see the flames just burning, 12th Street was just burning, all you could see was just flames. If you looked towards Lynwood all you could see was flames and in the air you could feel the, you could see the ash just fluttering down and, ah, the, ah, the s- the s- the, ah, the smell of, of char that, that burning smell was in the air, and it was just smokey, the whole, the whole area here was just, just a smokey area. If you looked towards West Grand Boulevard it was burning that way, everywhere you turned and looked you could see nothing but flames, it was just, it was, it was just like they were just leaping, ah, in the, in the sky, at night, and then that was when I really got terrified. I said, wha- wha- what's going to happen--at, at, tonight what is going to happen? Will our, will we, will our, will our block get burned down by then? And, ah, ah, by that time, ah, when I was talking back and forth to my sisters th- they were saying where they were living at, it was just like every--the whole city was on fire, you couldn't get to where yo- th- you couldn't get to where, ah, ah, the, the fire was, but then you could, you, the, the, the sense of that, the whole city was on fire, is what you got- be- from talking to different people on the telephone. Not only, I talked to my friends and they would say that the block where they lived at, it was, was burning. My sisters was telling me that it was burn- my sister-in-law where she was saying the whole area was just burning. And then I, what, from what I could see it was worse over here than it was in any other part of the, of the city at that particular time. Then I got concerned about my dog, we had a dog, and it's, what are we going to do with, with our dog, and, ah, he was a type of dog that he liked to be outside, he didn't want to be inside. We had to go get him and put him down in the basement and lock him up, he's, he was the type of a dog that didn't want to be locked up, but we had to lock him up, ah, because I didn't want him to escape, because I didn't know what would happen to him so, ah, that was the, that was the sense of frustration that night, and then I didn't know what tomorrow was going to bring, I didn't know what the morning was going to bring.

SHEILA C. BERNARD:

OK, cut, that was nice.



DAISY NUNLEY:

Ah, we had sort of got used to, ah, the helicopters flying overhead, they were flying low and you got, I had got used to seeing the, ah, soldiers drive up and down the street in the jeeps and I had gotten sort of used to seeing the police riding four to a car with their back to back, with their shotguns out of the window. I had got used to seeing that. But, ah, I went upstairs, ah, the curfew was on and everybody had to be off the street and I came in the house and I, and one of my, my, my youngest daughter at the time was still in diapers, and I went upstairs to get a diaper or something for her and to get a wash cloth out of the, ah, the, ah, bathroom. And when I got upstairs I heard this helicopter flying real low, and I looked out the window and when I looked out the window I could see the soldiers s- he was, this helicopter was flying so low, until I could see the soldiers sitting in the helicopter, I could see him. And then when I, I looked out the window, I looked, ah, to my right to the alley and I hea- saw this tank rolling down, coming down the alley with this big long gun on it. And I, And I thought, "Oh, my god" I thought that the tank was going to come down and it was getting ready to level out our block, that's what I, that's what, what my thoughts were. And I knew my children were downstairs and I, I think I made a, a jump from the top step downstairs and I went and I started, I started gathering them up and I said we had to get to the basement, it was like, "Get to the basement!" I, I, I was screaming and hollering and I was trying to get them down to the basement because I didn't know what this, I just thought that this tank was coming to, to, to shoot down the block, I don't know why I thought that but I did, and I ran and I got them down to the basement. One of my daughters was, was cooking something on the stove, think she was making pancakes or something but then it, I, I made her turn it off and run to the basement. And, ah, then we heard gun shots and I, I didn't, I couldn't tell where it was coming from. All I knew was that our block wasn't being leveled but I did hear the shots from, from, that were being fired at that particular time, but I di- I didn't know where it was, where it was, but I did know that I could hear the, the, the, the shots being fired. All I knew was I was glad that they weren't shooting down our block.