On Sunday, October 16th, Books Through Bars and the Angola 3 Committee to present a day of programming and conversation on the history and present day conditions of Angola prison in Louisiana, as well as the issues that connect this site to so many other struggles for justice in the U.S. and its prison system today.
On display throughout the day will be the traveling Grace Before Dying exhibition which includes two quilts made by the Angola Hospice Volunteers. In conversation with the quilts from Angola Prison, Philadelphia quitters will exhibit and talk about their own work during the afternoon.
At 7 PM, the evening will close with a screening of “In the Land of the Free” – a new documentary feature that examines the story of Herman Wallace, Albert Woodfox, and Robert King, who have collectively served more than a century in solitary confinement at Angola for their political beliefs.
These events span from 2:30pm – 8:30 pm at the A-Space (4722 Baltimore Ave.)
2:30 – 6:00 PM – Street exhibition of Grace Before Dying, an award winning photographic documentary by Lori Waselchuk that charts the extraordinary breakthrough in humanity that has helped transformed one of the most dangerous maximum security prisons in the United States, Louisiana’s notorious Angola prison, into one of the least violent. The traveling exhibit is a collaborative project between Waselchuk and the Angola Hospice Volunteer Quilters which features both photography and quilts. The exhibit has show in prisons, public libraries, art museums and public events throughout the U.S.
3:00 – 5:00 PM – Quilters’ Roundtable – Local quilters and textiles artists will present and discuss their work. Open to public.
6:00 – 7:00 PM – Author Talk and book signing – Lori Waselchuk will talk about the project, the book and exhibition and the ongoing collaboration with the Angola Hospice Volunteer Quilters.
7:00 – 8:30 PM – Screening of “In The Land Of The Free” – A documentary feature that examines the story of Herman Wallace, Albert Woodfox, and Robert King. They are known as the Angola 3 and have spent almost a century between them in solitary confinement in Angola, the Louisiana State Penitentiary. Herman and Albert are still held in solitary confinement after thirty seven years.