Interview with Jan Robertson
QUESTION 4
INTERVIEWER:

WELL, AS THE MEREDITH CASE WENT THROUGH THE COURTS YOU STARTED TO SAY THIS, OF COURSE THERE BECAME MORE, A LOT MORE INTEREST, A LOT MORE INVOLVEMENT. CAN YOU REMEMBER ANY STORIES THAT TELL, GIVE US A FLAVOR FOR HOW, HOW FEELING WAS GOING, PARTICULARLY WE'RE GETTING TO SEPTEMBER, I MEAN OPENING TERM…

Jan Robertson:

Well, of course in the summer, I was not there on the campus. When we arrived on campus… can I stop, yeah, let me stop for a minute

FILM PRODUCTION TEAM:

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Jan Robertson:

The summer before the year that Meredith entered, um, in my Sunday school class, the college age Sunday school class that my mother taught, uh, she asked the students there, many of whom went to Ole Miss, what would you do if a black were admitted to the university. And most people kind of said well you know I'm not quite sure, some said they wouldn't mind, uh, some that they hadn't thought about it, and then we got to one boy who was in my class in high school and he said without batting an eyelash, I'd wait until he went to sleep and I'd slip into his room and I'd slit his throat. And everybody, all of a sudden the room was just appalled. And you know, said you, you really wouldn't do that would you and he said yes. And he said it with, you know with great feeling, uh but it was almost a matter of fact, you know of course that's what he would do and he was there. He was a student at Ole Miss and I thought and wondered what he would do uh, when Meredith did come on the campus, but.