Interview with Mayor Joseph Smitherman
QUESTION 23
INTERVIEWER:

WELL NOW, AFTER, AFTER THE INCIDENT AT PETTIS BRIDGE, COURSE UH, KING PUT OUT THE CALL FOR ALL THESE MINISTERS TO COME DOWN INCLUDING JIM REEB, WHO WAS ONE OF THE MINISTERS WHO CAME DOWN, HOW DID YOU FEEL ABOUT ALL THESE PEOPLE COMING TO YOUR TOWN?

Mayor Joseph Smitherman:

Well, you, you it was disgusting, I mean you didn't want these people and you always fell back on, regardless of the mistreatment and not the right to vote, you fell back if these outsiders would get out of here, I'm going to be frank with you, some of them were very scummy people and uh, you know we even had some people in there sometimes we questioned who they were and now we had some scummy people trying to stop em. But, I remember and I, you know, I've got some closest Catholic friends in the world, we have an excellent Catholic community cuz we have lots of preachers down here wasn't preachers, I remember one catholic nun had a collar on and she was standing in line, I was stopping a march down there. And she winked at me several times, so, I don't believe she was a catholic nun, I think she rented the uniform, but uh, and we had a lot of preachers - everybody was a preacher, they'd just, you'd go rent those collars, or say you were a preacher here or there, now we had very legitimate ministers in here too. we had people from some of the largest uh, institutions, uh, Notre Dame, I forget the father's name that came here, and you know they were convicted especially after this incident in front of the bridge. And…