The Angola 3 refers to three men convicted of murdering a prison guard at the Louisiana State Penitentiary more than 40 years ago, in 1972. Robert King, Herman Wallace, and Albert Woodfox were accused of the crime, and then held mostly in solitary confinement for decades.
King’s conviction was overturned in 2001, and this month a federal judge released Herman Wallace, saying he did not receive a fair trial. Wallace died three days later in New Orleans from liver cancer.
Bring Your Own is a nomadic storytelling series that takes place in living rooms, backyards and other intimate spaces within the community. Each month, seven storytellers have 7 minutes to respond to a theme.
This story was told on October 21st, 2012, at Jackie Sumell’s house in the 7th Ward. The theme of the evening was “Are You Afraid of the Dark”, and Matt "Smoothie" Sargeant told this winning story providing life advice on Halloween Eve.
Herman's House tells the story of an unlikely friendship between New York artist Jackie Sumell and Herman Wallace, a convicted murderer who has spent the last 40 years in solitary confinement at Louisiana's Angola State Penitentiary. Their journey reveals the transformative power of art.