The American People Archive, New Orleans Portfolio. Angola State Prison. Joyful Inmates At Show.

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© Alwyn Scott Turner
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These guys do not appear to be a gang of hardened and violent criminals. Most of them were put in Angola State Prison in Louisiana because of selling drugs that enhance non-violent behavIour - mostly Grass that authorities have banned from being acquired by the American people. These inmates were happy to be recognized as human beings, rather than despised as thugs.
The outdoor event - musicians and performers were arriving for a special performance - and these inmates were at the entrance gate to the 'stadium' to greet them, and were pleased to be noticed. The performers (and myself there to document the occasion) were allowed to mingle freely with the inmates...and this group was a bunch of nice guys more interested in having a good time than being violent. They basically felt that they were there in prison from political motives to suppress the Flower Power movement of that generation, and were being victimized by the legal system simply to maintain the administration of penal institutions, where they were being treated as non-entities.
These images are part of a documentary series on 'The Hippie Invasion of The French Quarter 197l' - selected from The New Orleans Portfolio.
I often wonder where any of these men are today and would greatly appreciate any feedback or backstory from anyone that has further information on the identity of these individuals or any other persons whose images appear in my historical portfolios of documentary photographs on The American People.

20 responses

  • Chris Jennings

    Chris Jennings gave props (2 Apr 2011):

    Wow, great image. So much joy, really?

  • misha otaared

    misha otaared gave props (14 Aug 2011):

    terrific capture!

  • Rogerio de Freitas

    Rogerio de Freitas gave props (20 Aug 2011):

    An image with lots of swing. Voted.

  • Eliud Martinez

    Eliud Martinez said (26 Aug 2011):

    A powerful moment beautifully captured...

  • Massimo Bardelli

    Massimo Bardelli   gave props (2 Sep 2011):

    Perfect for the theme!!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (6 Sep 2011):

    Oh YEAH! Rad!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (13 Sep 2011):

    Magnificent capture and you have my vote!

  • Maity Anindya Kumar

    Maity Anindya Kumar said (16 Sep 2011):

    Lovely capture of the emotion ,great monochrome

  • Ronnie Ginnever

    Ronnie Ginnever gave props (28 Sep 2011):

    Powerful capture - voted!

  • Lynn Pepper

    Lynn Pepper gave props (30 Sep 2011):

    Great entry - my vote!

  • dL

    dL (Deleted) gave props (1 Oct 2011):

    Fabulous image! Excellent entry!

  • Marilena Senia

    Marilena Senia gave props (10 Oct 2011):

    A real document. Voted!

  • Maura Wolfson-Foster

    Maura Wolfson-Foster gave props (10 Oct 2011):

    WoW.....and, my vote ~ !

  • Debbie Smartt

    Debbie Smartt   gave props (13 Oct 2011):

    I love photojournalism! This is awesome!

  • Todd Curry

    Todd Curry (Deleted) said (14 Oct 2011):

    Simply a brilliant picture, telling a story.

  • Ariel Arias

    Ariel Arias gave props (23 Oct 2011):

    i love it

  • Dominique Sz

    Dominique Sz said (28 Oct 2011):

    Foto is great mirror of time

  • kenneth boston

    kenneth boston gave props (9 Oct 2012):

    wonderful image.

  • rob castro

    rob castro (Deleted) gave props (1 Nov 2012):

    I love the dynamics here. You've captured the excitement very well. Bravo.

  • Rivka Waas

    Rivka Waas gave props (23 Nov 2012):

    Great picture real and true.

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