Interview with Mayor Joseph Smitherman
QUESTION 4
INTERVIEWER:

TELL ME THE STORY ABOUT A BLACK CON MAN WHO OFFERED TO…

Mayor Joseph Smitherman:

Oh yes, we, we even had, uh, black conmen to come in, they, they a group had formed after my election before I took office, of prominent old men, civic leaders, financial institutions and things like this and they would meet at night not bi-racial, it was all white, but they would be considered liberal in those days, and finally disbanded. But, you had this black going around to the various counties where you had a large black population and he was selling influence, he claimed that for $10,000 he could keep Dr. King out of here. And I think local group here paid him about 7 to 800 dollars before we convinced them he was a con artist and uh, that uh, and he got some more out of some other counties, I don't know where he is today…