Interview with Gov. John Patterson
QUESTION 32
INTERVIEWER:

WHAT ABOUT PEOPLE WHO THEN CAME BACK AND SAID, LOOK AT ANASTON, LOOK AT BIRMINGHAM. ISN'T THAT WHAT ROBERT KENNEDY SAID AT THAT POINT, TWO INCIDENTS HAD ALREADY TAKEN PLACE.

Gov. John Patterson:

Well, when somebody suddenly stops a bus out on a isolated highway between Anaston and Birmingham, and sets it on fire, just suddenly like that, you're not prepared for anything like that. And of course in Birmingham, the city of Birmingham, was well able to handle the situation in Birmingham. And of course we got in there till the bus left Birmingham. And of course we relied on the city of Montgomery, and it didn't quite turn out like we hoped it would. But after we arrived at the bus station, we brought in sufficient forces in Montgomery of state people, and even national guardsmen, placed them around town and got ready for whatever might occur.