Interview with Gov. George C. Wallace
QUESTION 27
INTERVIEWER:

I WANT TO ASK YOU A FEW QUESTIONS ABOUT SELMA IN 1965. WERE BLACK PEOPLE AT THAT TIME ANYBODY… GOVERNOR IN 1965 WERE BLACK PEOPLE IN ALABAMA FREELY ABLE TO VOTE?

Gov. George C. Wallace:

Yes, black people were allowed to vote except they had you know, you had to be able to read and write your name and some of the other things before that were really kept blacks from voting, but in my little home county of Barba which is 50 percent black, the first name in beat 1 on the voting list is a black person. But yes there were some discriminatory measures passed by other folks regarding voting, not by myself. But we did believe that people ought to be able to read and write, anybody in this day and time that cannot read and write, did not read and write because didn't want to, and we didn't think they could determine whoever, what they were voting on, and but now we have universal suffrage, its all right, it's working well, and I've been elected under it, and so I'm satisfied.