Interview with Gov. John Patterson
QUESTION 4
INTERVIEWER:

I'M SORRY, LET'S START AGAIN, MENTION FREEDOM RIDERS, I CAN'T USE PRONOUNS. SO IF YOU CAN JUST SAY, JUST START AGAIN, WHERE YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT WHAT THE PEOPLE OF ALABAMA WERE…

Gov. John Patterson:

Well, I don't believe that the people of Alabama at first really paid much attention to this, and we certainly didn't consider it a very serious matter or didn't figure that it would cause a great deal of difficulty. But just as a precaution Floyd Mann and I agreed that we ought to send somebody over there to take a look just in case. We had no earthly idea that there would be any trouble in Anaston. Anaston was a very quiet peaceful place. And there was a demonstration of some type there at the bus station, when the bus got to Anaston. And then when it left, this crowd apparently followed the bus, stopped it outside of town and somebody set it on fire. We would never have dreamed that anybody would stop a bus and set it on fire like that. And so we just didn't anticipate really, that this type of thing was going to happen.