Interview with Ed Vaughn
QUESTION 6
SAM POLLARD:

OK, cut. People were angry, they were fed up with all of this, how did you feel, were you in this--



ED VAUGHN:

Yes, we were driving back from Newark, myself and two other brothers, in Forum Sixty Six, the organization that we had established, of course this was in `67, and of course we heard that, uh--

SAM POLLARD:

That's a little too confusing, I think you just need to say, "I was with a group of brothers and we were coming back from a Newark Black Power conference."

ED VAUGHN:

OK, OK. OK, I was with two brothers and we were, we were returning from the Black Power conference in Newark, and we were detained in Toledo, Ohio and not allowed to come into the city of Detroit. We were quite concerned, worried, we could not call our families, the back-up was about three miles on the highway, and all we could hear on the radio was that they were not allowing cars to come into Detroit, that the riot had broken out in Detroit and that Detroit was under some kind of, of martial law. And we, we didn't know exactly what was happening. And we were very concerned, and we were not allowed to go into the city until about 3:00 a.m. that morning, and we kind of went in the back way of the city, we decided to do that, we went in the back way, using back roads, and we fin--all of us finally got to our homes safely. And of course, the next day it was on again. That was Monday, it started all over again Monday.

SAM POLLARD:

OK, let's cut a second. Well now that, that wouldn't be true about the martial law, I mean--



SAM POLLARD:

OK, and tell us about when you were coming back from the Black Power conference in Newark.

ED VAUGHN:

Yes. Well, I was with two other brothers and we were detained in Toledo, Ohio.

SAM POLLARD:

You know, just say I was coming back from--

ED VAUGHN:

Newark, OK, OK, all right.

SAM POLLARD:

--the Black Power conference--

ED VAUGHN:

Ah, myself and two other brothers were coming back from the Black Power conference in Newark and we were detained in Toledo, Ohio which is about 46 miles from Detroit and not allowed to come into the city and were, we were detained there for several hours and not allowed to come in until around 3:00 a.m. We drove in on back roads, and we had heard that the riot was, was on, we had been listening to the radio all day, and--

SAM POLLARD:

Lets cut. Good.



ED VAUGHN:

We were coming from the Black Power conference in Newark, myself and two other brothers, and we heard on the radio that the riot was on in Detroit. And of course we were, we were very concerned about it because, you know, our families were here and we didn't quite know exactly what to do. However, we were not surprised that the riot came because we knew that the unrest was there - it was seething, it had always been there, and we were not, we were not surprised that it happened. But we were concerned about our families, and we were detained in Toledo about 46 miles from Detroit for about 3 1/2 hours and then we were allowed to, to go into Detroit early that morning around 3:00 a.m. We went in on back roads and we were able to get to our homes safely, and of course the next day the riot was on again.