It is a powerful photograph, taken in September 1971. Inmates of Attica Correctional Facility in western New York state are seated or standing at a long table. Almost all are Black. On the opposite side of the table sits a white man, Russell Oswald, commissioner of prisons. One of the prisoners standing is a formidable man in a white T-shirt, white stocking cap and sunglasses. His name is Frank Smith, known to his fellows in that penal institution as Big Black.
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