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 - Trapped in Phone Booth Violence Seen from Front...
Trapped in Phone Booth Violence Seen from Front EDITOR'S NOTE: Phil Gram- ous, an Associated Press staffer. tel!s how it feels to stand for more than two hours in a telephone booth on a Birmingham street with police armed with shotguns, rifies snd submachine guns in front of him and a jeering, yelling mob behind him. By PHTL ORA.MOUS BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP)-The teething crowd surged toward an Intersection near a motel which wa s headquarters for the recent Integration drive in Birmingham. Police brandished weapons. The crowd retreated- Police relaxed. The crowd advanced again. i Rocks and sticks that had been hidden behind backs came into full view. Police again moved toward the teeming Negroes. forcements of state patrolmen arrived and look shotguns, rifles, submachine guns and tear gas launchers from their cars A cheer went up as a policemen was hit by a large rock. Negro leaders dispersed a knot of onlookers on a corner. Then slowly they came back. None paid any attention to me. I was in a glass-en closed telephone booth on the corner. I remained there for more than two hours, watching a not which broke out after the home of a' Negro integration leader and a Negro motel had been attacked by night bombers. The line was open to the Associated Press office. I stayed in touch more for company than anything else. I had never felt so alone or so afraid. Tension built up after I arrived fused to go closer than three blocks from the motel. Negroes cursed as I walked past several bars toward the line of policemen at the intersection. Groups with crowbars were piy- ing off pieces of curbing a^d breaking them op into mtssiies. Windshields were shattered on. passing automobiles; rocks peppered them from every direchon. Two policemen on the corner would not let me get to the motel half a block away. I went back across the sutet to the phone booth. After I had given a brief description of the scene, a crowd of Negroes, mostly teen-agers, gathered around the phone booth. In view were the motel, he

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  1. The Post-Standard,
  2. 13 May 1963, Mon,
  3. Page 1

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