Interview with Albert Turner
QUESTION 1
INTERVIEWER:

UM, WHY DON'T YOU TELL ME ABOUT THAT DAY, THE DEMONSTRATION WHEN… WHEN JIMMY JACKSON DIED?

Albert Turner:

OK. OK uh, actually the day Jimmy was murdered, in fact Jimmy was murdered at night. Uh, this was the first night demonstration that we had had uh, in this area. We had demonstrated in the daytime, um, all before, and actually we had been demonstrating all day that day, but uh, we had to intensify these, the… drive and we… we had to kind of up the tempo, so we had decided to go day and night. We had a gentleman here at the time by the name of James Orange, who was in jail and uh, we had intended to go to the jail at night, and what we might say, serenade him, uh, uh, let him know that we cared. Uh, so we had formed a demonstration that day, the Methodist Church—the United Methodist Church here in town, and had decided we would walk from that church which was a short span, maybe a block, to the jail and sing to James. Um, the Mayor of the Town had prefabbed uh, a story and gotten the State Troopers and the Government of the State to be on hand that day, by telling him that we had intended to go to the jail and break James out of jail. So this is… this is really how they had gotten the… the masses of people into town, because they, they pretended that we were rioting and tear the jail down that night. Uh, as we went out of the jail we got about a half a block from the door, and uh, we was halted. Um…