I recently found my first arrest record from September 24, 1963 at the age of 14. I was processed at the jail house at Franklin and Alabama streets in downtown Selma and taken to Camp Selma for the night. I went to Juvenile Court the next morning and appeared before Judge Bernard Reynolds where I I was adjudicated a PINS (Person In Need of Supervision). Placed on Probation for 1 year I was a Ward of the State of Alabama and released in my mother's custody.
After my first arrest I was arrested more times than I can remember. The most horrifying arrest was in 1965 when we were taken to Thomasville Prison and housed for maybe 8-10 days and fed black-eyed peas 3 times a day. When I got home mom had cooked Black eyed peas. It took years before I could eat them again.
My late brother, Profit Lee Austin Barlow was involved and injured on Bloody Sunday and hospitalized 3 days at Burwell Infirmary. He also marched all the way to Montgomery. My Dad, Lee Ollie Howard was brutally beaten on Sunday 07/05/1964 at a huge mass meeting at a hall on Green Street. The attackers beat everybody in sight.
At the present time I speak at various venues regarding my involvement in nonviolent movement. People remain mesmerized regarding my history. I'm speaking tomorrow at the Salvation Army Black History Program.
Hattie Mae Austin Martin Mays