Interview with Clay East
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QUESTION 17
INTERVIEWER:

OK, but now, let me get you back on the story, remember, you told me to remind you to do that. Let me get you back. Yesterday, you told me about how some people would come by your store, and quit on you. Can you tell me that story again?

CLAY EAST:

Oh yeah, yeah.

INTERVIEWER:

You have to tell me, "When I had my store", and you have to get into it like that, OK?

CLAY EAST:

After we organized this union, the first person that cut his account out with me was J.H. Prestage. So, he come in, paid up his bill, and I knew then what he was doing, because they always paid the first of the month. I knew then that he was quitting. Then his son-in-law, Cecil Justice, came in and paid his up, and wanted to know why I had gone against my own class. So, I told him, we wasn't supposed to have classes, all people supposed to be equal in this country. But that was just the beginning, and I knew then it was going to be too bad, a lot of the others were fixing to close me out. So I thought, "Well, I got a move coming," so I sold my place and sold my house, and I had no trouble doing it, because they wanted to get me out of there. That  [ gap: ;reason: unintelligible ]  the money to buy my station, and  [ gap: ;reason: unintelligible ]  bought my home. They wanted to get me out of Tyronza.