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Edited by:
Wilbert Rideau, American, born 1942  Search this
Written by:
Billy Sinclair, American, born 1945  Search this
Illustrated by:
R. Troy Bridges  Search this
Subject of:
Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola, American, founded 1835  Search this
ink on paper
H x W x D (closed): 11 1/8 × 8 11/16 × 1/2 in. (28.3 × 22.1 × 1.3 cm)
magazines (periodicals)
Place made:
West Feliciana Parish, Louisiana, United States, North and Central America
November/December 1979
This November/December 1979 issue of The Angolite has a burgundy colored background cover with white text. A black-and-white photograph below the masthead depicts incarcerated men standing and digging in a waist-deep ditch. Two (2) men on horseback, one armed with a long gun, oversee the workers. Below the photograph is white text reading "IN THIS ISSUE / 'PRISON: The Sexual Jungle' / LOUISIANA STATE PENITENTIARY." The cover story deals with problems of sexual slavery at Angola prison and includes interviews with prisoners who were raped as well as discrimination and violence against homosexual and transgendered prisoners. Other content includes personnel changes of prison administration, articles on new legal changes and legal assistance, a review of the October 1979 Rodeo featuring several event photographs and a story on an inmate who was paralyzed after an injury during a bull riding event, a story about a local vocational school available to prisoners, and information about health care in prison. The text is supplemented with illustrations and photographs throughout the ninety-eight (98) interior pages. Information for subscribing and a mail-in card are included on the final interior page. The back cover has the same burgundy colored background with an illustration at the center of a line of men in shadow with shovel and hoes slung over their shoulders. The magazine is bound with two (2) metal staples.
African American  Search this
Education  Search this
Gender  Search this
Health  Search this
Identity  Search this
Journalism  Search this
Justice  Search this
LGBTQ  Search this
Men  Search this
Prisons  Search this
Sexuality  Search this
Slavery  Search this
Violence  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Wilbert Rideau and Linda LaBranche
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Restrictions & Rights:
© Wilbert Rideau
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National Museum of African American History and Culture