Interview with Albert Wilson
QUESTION 11
JUDY RICHARDSON:

If you can begin by talking about going into the five and dime, the sense of carnival and of not knowing what danger your in.

ALBERT WILSON:

Well, ah, going into the five and ten cents store, we didn't know what danger we were in..** It was just like a carnival. It was, we didn't see the actual danger that we were in, although it was right there staring us in our face. Anytime you see a law enforcement agent, ah, officer standing around with guns or on roof tops and you don't, ah, acknowledge this, you can't be aware of it. It was a big party as I said. And when I went into that store, ah, that, that was, just why I went in there was beyond me. And when I went in there, it, ah, I had no sense of the danger that I was in. I wasn't scared. I was not, I didn't become fearful of it until I was asked by the, ah, law officer that I saw, he told all of us, "All you motherfuckers, Black motherfuckers, come out from back there." And, ah, I was the only one who stood up. I was asked not to by the neighbors. I saw them, my neighbors very clearly, who told me not to go out and not to stand up. And I remember telling them, "I'm going out." And at that point, I stood up to go towards the door. I did go to the door, to the archway of the door and I saw the gentleman standing there, with the gun, pointed towards me and, ah, I remember turning around to go back where my neighbors were because they told me to stay there. I knew that there was no other way out of there because they had looked and all of the back doors were barred and so I guess that were kind of penned in. We were penned in there actually. Ah, after, ah, being asked to come out, I just turned around and went back and lay down against some bolt-end rolls of carpeting, at which time I guess I had been shot at that time. From what I've heard, I, that's, I had been shot then. But I didn't know it, ah. So the sense of fear never, never got, never sank in. It never was there. It was, it was a big party. Ah, it had a lot of colors, ah, a lot of different noises that we'd never heard before. Ah, people that you'd never seen, ah.

JUDY RICHARDSON:

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