Interview with Frank Smith (Big Black)
QUESTION 20
SAM POLLARD:

Tell me about where you were, what was happening the day of the rebellion.

FRANK "BIG BLACK" SMITH:

The day of the rebellion I was in the laundry, you know, quarter to 8, 8:00 in the morning, doing our usual, you know, sitting in the laundry and all of a sudden a big commotion outside and gas. We could smell it. And people running all up and down the hallway, asking us to let them in the laundry. But we didn't have the chance because the walls just fell right in, just caved right in. And everybody was in the hallway, just about, was in the laundry. And the next thing I know this, ah, ah, chemical, I don't know exactly what it were, was aflame, you know, and the whole laundry was on fire and the police opened up the back door and we all were out in the back yard, trying, trying to figure which way we were going, whether we was going to the left or going to the right and we wind up in D Block yard.



SAM POLLARD:

OK, give us again, the day of the rebellion, what was happening and then how you felt.

FRANK "BIG BLACK" SMITH:

Well the day of the rebellion, you know, I was in the laundry setting at the window adjacent to the hallway and, and we smelled some gas and then we seen a bunch of inmates running up and down the hallway hollering, "Let us in. Let us in." And the next thing I know, the wall cave in and they were in. And, and, and smelling that gas, you know, I'm figuring now, what are we going to do? How am I going to get out of here? And the police opened up the back door. And we out the back door and I wind up in D Block yard, myself and some more friends of mine.