Interview with Arthur Shores
QUESTION 22
INTERVIEWER:

HOW DO YOU FEEL – HOW DO YOU REMEMBER GEORGE WALLACE WHEN HE WAS FIRST ELECTED GOVERNOR BACK IN 62, 63?

Arthur Shores:

Well, Wallace, really, today, he's typified as the personification of uh – of uh – what shall I say? Of uh, race discrimination, but my association with Wallace, I feel that – all of that was political, for this reason. As I say, your politicians, in order to be elected, had to be racist before blacks had uh any voting power. I tried a case before Wallace, I forget how many years ago it was, but he was a circuit judge down in uh Barber County. And my case lasted a week. I was uh, attacking the jury system. Blacks being excluded from the jury. And in this little town, it wasn't a nice place where I could eat, so Wallace would send out and get food, and we ate in his chambers. And uh, that case was never finally decided, because if it had been decided against us, we would have carried it to the Supreme Court, and uh that system would have been eliminated. So the case just rocked on and died of its own motion.