Interview with William Simmons
QUESTION 25
INTERVIEWER:

OK SO YOU'RE IN THE CITIZENS' COUNCIL WHY DON'T WE START FROM THERE.

William Simmons:

I was in the Citizens' Council office in Jackson during the night of the, of the Old Miss riot when Meredith was brought to the campus forcibly by United States Marshals and uh, we were kept aware of what was going on over, over the radio reports. Uh, there was a lot of excitement in Jackson at the time because rumors were flying that Governor Barnett would be arrested by United States Marshals. Many people, in fact it probably numbered several thousand surrounded the governor's mansion in downtown Jackson and more or less stood there. They were very orderly, not too excitable, but stood there as a sort of human barrier, to protect the governor and to stand with him. That was one of the main objectives and thoughts as expressed to me was simply to show solidarity with him in support for his position in trying to protect the integrity of the state, of State University.