Interview with Herbert X. Blyden
QUESTION 4
INTERVIEWER:

Sort of describe for me, if you could, the day of the rebellion, the day of the takeover, where you were.

HERB BLYDEN:

In 1971 when the uprising occurred, we had, ah, two-thirds of the men working in their shops, industry, making cabinets, ah, chairs, lockers, etc. But I think to all fairness to the viewing audience, I should say that the evening before it was an altercation, and an inmate was dragged out of his cell in A block and the officials at that time were told that if anything happened to that inmate the next day when the inmates were let out there would be some reprisals. And as a result of them not taking that statement seriously, there was a spontaneous uprising in A block which filtered out over to the remainder of the prison.

INTERVIEWER:

Stop a second. We're going to--