Interview with C. T. Vivian
QUESTION 84
INTERVIEWER:

O.K., UH, FIRST QUESTION IS: A LOT OF PEOPLE SAY THAT THE [unintelligible] IN JAIL KIND OF CONSOLIDATED THEM AS MEMBERS OF THE MOVEMENT AND I WANT YOU TO MENTION SPECIFIC, SNCC, OTHER PEOPLE, OLDER PEOPLE. HOW DID THEY DO THAT?

C. T. Vivian:

Parchman Prison uh, was a national action, in the fact that now we were challenging states rights, we were challenging the laws across state lines, uh, and people came from all over the country, and that's the first time people had come from all over the country into a major movement. The treatment, the atmosphere, the police, the nature of the prison—all of that was proof to them of how negative everything was there. Parchman Prison, the guards were all so very poor and backwards and et cetera as well.