Interview with Hollis Watkins
QUESTION 16
INTERVIEWER:

OK, NOW, THREE VOLUNTEERS ARE KILLED… RIGHT AT THE BEGINNING OF THAT SUMMER. WHAT DOES THAT DO? WHAT DOES THAT DO TO THE STATE? WHAT DID THAT MEAN?

Hollis Watkins:

Yes, at the beginning of the summer three volunteers were killed. At the time they were killed I was out of, I was out of the state at the training session for others to come in. Uh, as far as the people in Mississippi I think it was a thing that people in Mississippi was braced for and expected and was looking for all the time. I think what it did do was that it showed to the rest of the world that uh, Mississippi was serious about trying to maintain the Jim Crow law and the status quo in Mississippi. I think it also put something on the mind of many of the volunteers that had planned to come down that never took things quite seriously like they should have been taken. But it helped us in maybe ways to deal with security because they realized that the people were serious and for real.