Interview with C. T. Vivian
QUESTION 118
INTERVIEWER:

NOW DID YOU SEE THAT, OR WERE YOU ON TIIE WAY BACK TO THE CAR OR …

C. T. Vivian:

No, I didn't see it, I was gone, no, I was already on my way back. What I saw was that a pol- by the time I got where I was, all right, see, ‘cause they seemingly didn't walk immediately out, all right, but uh, when I got to, we were, got to a place where you turn, there was a, a state policeman standing there with a flashlight directing ca- well, we'd already, about a half a dozen state cars had already passed us—zoom, zoom, zoom—and we figure, what's this all about, right? By the time we got to that corner, here was this state policeman with a, with a, with a, a flashlight, waving them, telling them where to turn in other words, all right? And boy, they were coming. And uh, as we drove on there must have been oh, twenty, that's the number that comes to my mind, all right, from thinking back on it, about twenty of these police cars that passed, us—zoom, zoom, he was just directing them, right? Well, I stopped alongside the road to watch it, that's how I knew just about how many there were, you know, and uh, and uh, uh, we couldn't figure that. Then it was a matter of what to actually do, because I mean I knew I was supposed to be in Selma, all right, then we also had this situation there, see, all right, so uh, uh, I knew I had to go on back to Selma. Now, as I remember it, I went back to Selma. Now later I may have come back to Marion, but if I did I was not involved in anything, and that is why I say that is because some people in Marion say I came back that night, but I don't think I did, all right? I think I stayed in Selma that night. . .[overlap]. . .See, it's too, it's too, see, for me to explain that, I could ex- see, because I didn't have an eye witness of the beating of the people, all right? You see what I mean?