Interview with Peter Orris
QUESTION 11
INTERVIEWER:

WHAT WAS YOUR INITIAL REACTION, YOUR VERY… FIRST REACTION TO THAT NEWS AND WHAT IT MEANT FOR YOU AS A VOLUNTEER AND THE PEOPLE DOWN THERE WITH YOU?

Peter Orris:

Well as I say, we came into the, the college uh, after nightfall and we drove up uh, to the uh, the dormitory area. And in the front of the dormitory area there was a large circle of uh, volunteers and SNCC organizers and they were in the dark and they were singing freedom songs, and they had linked arms, and they were, and we asked what had happened and they uh, described it to us and uh, and described the situation. And our reaction was uh, horror uh, we had… I'd met uh, two of the uh, the uh, workers uh, during the week before, briefly, but they were one of us and we felt that this was what - the worst that we had expected and the sorrow that went through the camp and ourselves was uh, profound, and…