Interview with David J. Vann
QUESTION 18
INTERVIEWER:

LET'S JUMP AHEAD A FEW MONTHS. A LOT OF THINGS SEEMED TO BE SETTLED DOWN, AND THEN ALL OF A SUDDEN THEI'D LIKE TO ASK YOU ABOUT THE DAY THE SIXTEENTH STREET CHURCH WAS BOMBED. WHAT DO YOU REMEMBER ABOUT THAT DAY?

David J. Vann:

Well, I first learned of the bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church just about five minutes to noon, when I was leaving my church on the south side, Hallowed Methodist, and someone was there, that — I don't — I have a feeling someone from the Mayor's office was there, 'cause mayor Boutwell belonged to the same church I did, and said that there had been this bombing at the church. I got in my car, and I immediately drove down to see what had happened, and they had it blocked off, all roads blocked off a block away, so you couldn't get within a block. I remember I was driving south on 19th Street, which was two blocks from the church, and there on the corner, stood uh Mr. Chambers, a known Klansman, watching all of the commotion, and excitement and fire trucks and things that were coming and going. I remember then, thinking that he looked like a fire bug watching his fire. And of course, several years later he was convicted of being a participant in the bombing.