Parchman Prison | Freedom Riders


Freedom Rider: We must now fill the jail and be willing to remain for at least a minimum of 60 days or more. Derek Catsam: It became a continuation of the Freedom Ride, Parchman becomes every much the location in the Freedom Rides as the bus depots themselves. Bernard Lafayette, Jr.: We made up a song sayin’ that buses are coming. And we sang it to the jailers to tell them,
and warn them to get ready, to be prepared that we were not the only ones coming. So we started singing. (singing) Buses are a-comin’, oh yes. ♪ Buses are a-comin’, oh yes. ♪ Buses are a-comin’, buses are a-comin’, buses are a-comin’, oh yes. We say to the jailers, (singing) Better get you ready, oh yes. The jailers say, “All right, shut up all that
singing and hollering in here. This is not no playhouse, this is the jailhouse.” So, we said to ourselves, “What are you gonna do? Put us in jail?” (singing) Better get you ready, oh yes. ♪ Better get you ready, oh yes. And they said, “Wait a minute, hold it. If we hear one more peek outta you guys, we gonna take your mattress. Ernest “Rip” Patton, Jr. (singing): You can
take our mattress, oh yes. ♪ You can take our mattress, oh yes. ♪ You can take our mattress, you can take our mattress, ♪ you can take our mattress, oh yes. Bernard Lafayette, Jr.: And then, they said that they were going to take our toothbrushes. And someone struck out, (singing) ‘You can take our tooth…”
we said, “Wait a minute, hold up. This is time for Quaker consensus. We all got to agree on this together.” Cause here we were, eight of us in a cell
built for two and that means we’re close quarters. And so we learned to sing with our mouths closed so we wouldn’t breathe on each other, and we sang, (singing) You can take our toothbrush, oh yes. ♪ You can take our toothbrush, oh yes. ♪ You can take our toothbrush, you can take our toothbrush, ♪ you can take our toothbrush, oh yes.

2 thoughts on “Parchman Prison | Freedom Riders

  • They sure weren't very bright! Hell they could've thrown them in the "Hole" and forgot about them! Just plum stupid of them I say!

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