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Explore the House That Herman Built

Explore the dream house designed by Angola prison inmate Herman Wallace and featured in the film Herman's House.

Click the links above to explore Herman Wallace's dream house.

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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?”

Credit: 3D models by animator Dan Hatch
Note: The 3D models have been stripped of plants and some objects to improve interactivity.





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