Interview with Maggie Thomas
QUESTION 2
INTERVIEWER:

So tell me about that first day when the mayor came.

MAGGIE THOMAS:

Okay. The first day that he came I believe it was on Friday, Friday afternoon. And, um, I was at work so when I got off from work I came up to the edge of the apartments and I looked down in the court and the court was just full of news, news media, just full of people. And, um, let me back up just a little bit. Would that be alright?



INTERVIEWER:

Okay, so, why don't you tell me about that first day?

MAGGIE THOMAS:

Okay. I, I, I'm going to begin in the morning. I got up early that morning. Okay, I seen some strange people you know, kind of hanging around my door. And, um, I found that it was some people, it was somebody from the news media. I was sweeping off the porch so they asked me to come in. And I told them, "No, they couldn't come in because I was you know, getting ready to go to work." And they asked me, um, "Why we can't come--" They got smart. But I don't care nothing about that. They got smart and said, "Why you won't let us in? You, you haven't cleaned up?" And so I said, "Well, maybe not." So I just kept sweeping, going about my, you know, activities because I know I had to be to work at seven. So anyway, I slipped out the back door and went to work. So I just left them out there. I don't know where they went to. And then When I got off of work, I came up to the edge of the apartment, and I looked down into the court, and the court was just full of news, newsmedia; just full of people. I know I couldn't go through that crowd, so I turned around, and I went all the way down to the back, and I crawled up the back steps to get in my house, to avoid the newsmedia. But when I got in the house, ah I see, you know, the mayor coming and I knew I had to open the door then. It was just the mob, really, just a true mob, just fell all in the door, standing all up on my furniture so** So, I just went through with that. So when the mayor got in he told them, you know, to don't you know, do that to news people. That's when I had the problem with the news media. So after it got settled down everything got all right. They left. But truly they came back.