Albert Woodfox - North America

Albert Woodfox is part of the Angola 3, three
Black Panthers, put in solitary confinement for
decades in Angola Prison,Louisiana after being
framed for the death of a prison guard. Robert
Hillary King has been released but Herman
Wallace continues to be wrongly imprisoned
alongside Albert.

Albert Woodfox
David Wade Correctional Center
670 Bell Hill Rd.
Homer, LA 71040

Bill Dunne - North America

Bill Dunne was arrested in 1979 when he
and Larry Giddings attempted to free fellow
revolutionary Artie Ray Dufur. The two
successfully freed Artie, but were arrested
after an exchange of fire with police as they
were fleeing the scene. Bill and Larry were
charged with auto theft and aiding and
abetting the escape, for which Bill received
an 80 year federal prison sentence.

Bill Dunne #10916-086
P.O. BOX 2099
// POLLOCK, LA 71467

Gary Tyler - North America

On 7 October 1974 students at Destrehan High
School, St Charles Parish, Louisiana, were sent
home earlier than usual due to racial disturbances
during the day. As the buses carrying black
students back to their homes were leaving the
school they were attacked by a group of 100 to
200 white people throwing stones and bottles at
the buses. Timothy Weber was standing near the
buses with his mother who had come to collect
him. A shot was heard and he fell wounded; he
died a few hours later in hospital. A man standing
next to him was slightly scratched in the arm,
allegedly by the same bullet.
Gary Tyler was one of the black students on the
bus from which the shot was allegedly fired. This
was not his regular bus but he had got into it as
the situation had become increasingly dangerous.
There were some 65 students on the bus, well
over its normal capacity.
The police, who had been called by the school
principal, ordered the bus to park around the
corner. All students were ordered to get off the bus
and male students were thoroughly searched
immediately; girl students were searched later at
the police station. The bus was searched on two
different occasions for over three hours by
approximately seven policemen and no gun was


found. The bus was then taken to the police
station along with the students. Gary Tyler
was taken in a police car as he had been
charged with disturbing the peace (he
had complained about the police harassment
of a fellow black student).
At the police station the students were
questioned and released. One of them,
Nathalie Blanks, stated that she had been
seating next to Tyler and had seen him fire a
gun into the crowd; she indicated to the police
the exact place where she had been seating.
It was after Blanks’ testimony that the police
“found” a .45 automatic gun stuffed inside the
seat, through a long, clearly visible tear in the
seat. The seat had been previously searched,
shaken and turned upside down several times
and nothing had been found.
Gary Tyler was detained in the police station
and reportedly badly beaten. However, he did
not make any statement implicating himself in
any way. Now aged 36, he is serving a life
prison sentence in Louisiana State

Gary Tyler
Louisiana State Penitentiary
Angola, LA 70712

Herman Wallace - North America

Herman Wallace is part of the Angola 3, three
men who successfully started the first Black
Panther Party chapter in a prison. They were
making significant gains in reducing abuse within
the notorious Angola Prison and expanding
prisoner rights when they were framed for the
murder of a prison guard in 1973. All three were
then placed in solitary confinement where Herman
and Albert Woodfox remain. Robert Wilkerson
spent 27 years in solitary until he was finally
released in 2001.

The Panthers decided the prison was unfit and
beyond repair and that they would burn it down. In
Herman’s words, the Panthers "put everyone on
alert of what we were about to do and for
everyone to prepare themselves. We began to
create a huge disturbance to make sure security
was on standby and then we began to strike
matches. The building was in flames. While fire
gushed out the windows, we had flag flying full-
mass out the window with the likeness of a Black
Panther. We could see the newspeople and the
bystanders pointing at the flag, and we began to
chant, “BLACK POWER!” The sheriff of the jail
personally came and asked that we abandon our
fight…He promised us that there would be no
retaliation for our actions. We had won a battle. It
was the first time in my life I had experienced what
power was — real power. And though it was a
small gesture, it was enough to set my life on a
course that I maintain to this day.”

Herman Wallace #76759
Elaine Hunt Correctional Center
Unit 5 E-Tier
PO Box 174 St Gabriel, LA 70776