Interview with Gov. John Patterson
QUESTION 40
INTERVIEWER:

IN A COUPLE SENTENCES, IF YOU CAN TELL ME WHAT SPECIFIC CIRCUMSTANCES OR EVENTS CAUSED YOU TO MAKE THE DECISION TO CALL OUT THE NATIONAL GUARD THERE IN MONTGOMERY, WHAT MADE YOU CALL OUT THE GUARD?

Gov. John Patterson:

I had sent an aid, Mr. Tom Posey, down to the church where the mob was gathered, because I was having difficulty getting information back from Floyd Mann about what was going on down there. I guess Floyd was mighty busy. And I told Tom to go down there, get to a phone booth and call me and tell me what the situation was. And so he called me in a little bit and told me, says this thing is getting out of hand. And it looks like somebody's going to get hurt unless something's done about it. So at that time I made the decision to declare martial law and call out the national guard. I'd already made plans and had one of the Colonel's there with me in the office, and I told him, all right, lets go.

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