Interview with Gov. John Patterson
QUESTION 14
INTERVIEWER:

WELL THEY SAID IN THE BEGINNING THEY WERE TO SWING THROUGH [unintelligible] OKAY, ONE SECOND. TAKE THREE. DID YOU FEEL AT THAT TIME AS GOVERNOR THAT THE STATE HAD ANY RESPONSIBILITY TOWARD THE FREEDOM RIDES IN THE SENSE THAT THERE WAS A FEDERAL LAW DEFENDING INTERSTATE TRAVEL AND THEY WERE TESTING THAT LAW?

Gov. John Patterson:

Well, at that particular time we were primarily concerned with the state law, and in fact no one had ever really to my knowledge at that time brought to our attention specifically the violations of any federal law. But you see our responsibility was to enforce the state law as long as it was constitution.