Interview with Jan Robertson
QUESTION 15
INTERVIEWER:

YOU WERE GOING TO TELL ME… YOU WERE GOING TO TELL ME ABOUT THE OLD MISS/KENTUCKY GAME AND UH, WHAT YOUR FRIEND SAID TO YOU ABOUT IT.

Jan Robertson:

I wasn't at the Ole Miss, Kentucky game but I did talk to someone who was there. And many people feel that the riot started at the Ken, at the Old Miss/Kentucky game. This particular person was someone who was not an admirer of Ross Barnett. And indeed uh, in previous visits to the campus, the governor had even been booed. Uh, he was not a particular hero of uh, the Old Miss students, but this person said that Barnett started to address the crowd and he whipped them into this emotional frenzy and everyone got so caught up and he said, you know even though I disagree with everything that the man stood for, he said, I got caught up in it too, if he had said you know, let's charge, why then I would have charged right along with the rest of them. And he said it was just this, you know this huge emotional uh, feeling with the entire crowd being caught up in it, and it was kind of you know, us against everybody else, and I, and that I think uh held over. Old Miss was a suitcase campus at that time, people went home for, on weekends or they went to an out of town football game. And so the campus was practically deserted until people came back on the campus from the football game.