Interview with Herbert X. Blyden

If you could describe where you were the day of the rebellion and how you ended in up in D-yard.


At about eight o'clock on the morning of the 9th of September I was in the metal shops in B block, and there was a lot of running around and milling around by inmates, and the guards started to run around as if they didn't know what was happening, 'cause evidently they didn't have contingency plans for some emergency. It occurred to me that indeed there was an emergency. I left the metal plant with a group of inmates and we proceeded through B block where we met inmates coming from other blocks and correction officers following those inmates. We went out into D-yard and inmates closed the door behind them and the guards, at that point, stopped coming because there were 1,200 and some odd inmates confined in that yard at that point.