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New Orleans native and former Black Panther activist Herman Wallace went to jail in 1967 at age 25 for a robbery he admits committing. In 1972, he was accused of the murder of a prison guard, a crime he vehemently denies, and placed in solitary confinement in a 6-foot-by-9-foot cell in the Louisiana State Penitentiary, also known as Angola. Wallace was subsequently convicted and given a life sentence. Except for a brief period, Wallace has remained in solitary confinement 23 hours a day for 40 years, and he has never stopped protesting and appealing his murder conviction.
In 2002, Wallace received a letter that asked an extraordinary question. Jackie Sumell, a young New York artist, wrote, “What kind of house does a man who has lived in a 6-foot-by-9-foot cell for over 30 years dream of?”
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