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Watkins / Arrests during Protests

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Interviewer: What was the date that it started? Watkins: Actually, it was like 1959 or 1960. Interviewer: Nineteen fifty-nine or 1960, and then how long until it actually— Watkins: Well, I graduated in 1961 and it really got bad after I had graduated. That’s when they started throwing the kids in jail and a whole bunch of other stuff. I had an experience of being put in a paddy-wagon, but they didn’t take us to the jail. They just went around the block and let us out. They just went through the motions of putting us through the paddy-wagon and taking us around the block and they let us out. I understand after that, they started actually throwing the kids in jail. Interviewer: Did they drop you off in a white neighborhood? Watkins: They would bring us back closer to Third Ward where it was more black people. No, they wouldn’t do that.

Interview Interview with Halcyon O. Watkins
Subjects Police and Law Enforcement
Student Activism › Sit-ins
Tags Houston Police Department
3rd Ward, Houston
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Interview date 2015-07-23
Interview source CRBB Summer 2015
Interviewees Watkins, Halcyon O.
Locations Houston, TX
Duration 00:01:07
Citation "Arrests during Protests," from Halcyon O. Watkins oral history interview with ,  July 23, 2015, Civil Rights in Black and Brown Interview Database,, accessed January 24, 2021