Interview with Frank Smith (Big Black)
QUESTION 1
SAM POLLARD:

OK, first question here. What were conditions like in Attica before the rebellion?

FRANK "BIG BLACK" SMITH:

The conditions in Attica before the rebellion I guess, Sam, you know, some kind of way, you know, I gotta--

SAM POLLARD:

Don't say Sam.

FRANK "BIG BLACK" SMITH:

OK, I guess brother or whatever, that.

SAM POLLARD:

Start again.

FRANK "BIG BLACK" SMITH:

I don't have to say it? OK.

SAM POLLARD:

What were conditions like in Attica before the rebellion when you were there.

FRANK "BIG BLACK" SMITH:

Conditions in Attica before the rebellion is somewhat the same as 1988, today, the present time, but all this.

SAM POLLARD:

Stop down.



SAM POLLARD:

What were conditions like in Attica before the rebellion?

FRANK "BIG BLACK" SMITH:

Conditions in the 1971 before the rebellion, ah, ah, was bad, you know, bad food, bad educational programs, very, very low, low wages. We were called slave wages. You know myself I was working in the laundry and I was making like 30 cent a day, being the warden's laundry boy and that was the title that you had with my job, Warden's boy, and I'm far from a boy.** So the conditions in Attica was very, very bad, just to name some.