Interview with James Peck
QUESTION 7
INTERVIEWER:

UH, LET ME GET GOING, AND UH, WE'LL PICK IT UP AT THE BUS… . [unintelligible].

James Peck:

Yes, but we did not anticipate that uh, the violence would start uh, two hours before we would get to Birmingham at Aneston. When our bus pulled into Aneston, uh, I was on the Trailways bus, the other people were on the Greyhound bus… we learned that the uh… Greyhound bus had been waylaid just outside of town and bombed. Uh… shortly after we learned that, as we were waiting in the station, a group of six Klansmen boarded our bus and bodily uh, threw uh the black riders into the back seat. Uh, Walter Bergman and I were sitting the back seat so we decided to go up front and intercept uh, with our bodies. Uh… we got uh, clobbered on the head. I didn't get it so bad. But Bergman got it so bad that uh… he later had a stroke and has been paralyzed ever since. Uh… as, he has been in a wheelchair ever since. And uh, so uh, Walter and I, are both suing the F.B.I. Bergman for a million dollars and me for a half a million dollars.