Albert Woodfox is a former inmate of the Louisiana State Penitentiary, also known as the Angola Prison. Woodfox is one of the “The Angola Three”— a group comprised of three former prison inmates (Robert King, Albert Woodfox and Herman Wallace) who were put into solitary confinement in Louisiana State Penitentiary in April 1972 after the killing of a corrections officer. Woodfox is noted as the world’s longest serving person in solitary confinement, and was the last member of the Angola 3 to be released from prison.
Woodfox was issued this grey sweat suit in 2010 when he was transferred to the David Wade Correctional Center in Claiborne Parish, Louisiana.
On November 20, 2014, Woodfox had his conviction overturned by the US Court of Appeals, and in April 2015, his lawyer applied for an unconditional writ for his release. Albert Woodfox was released on February 19, 2016, after 43 years of solitary confinement. Since his release, Woodfox has been the subject of documentary films, interviews and essays and has traveled the globe to tell his story.
Grey sweat shirt (.1) and sweat pants (.2) worn by Albert Woodfox while incarcerated at David Wade Correctional Center.
The sweat shirt (.1) is made from grey polyester and cotton blend knit fabric. It has a ribbed crew neck, full-length sleeves with fitted ribbed cuffs, and the waistband is finished with a ribbed edge. The text "WOODFOX, A / 072148" in stencil lettering is stamped in burnt orange ink across the back shoulders. Two (2) white fabric labels with blue, red, and black printed text are sewn at the interior center back neck containing the manufacturer logo, size, fiber content, care, and style information.
The sweat pants (.2) are made from grey polyester and cotton blend knit fabric. The are ankle length with tapered legs. The waist band is cinched with a white nylon braided cord at the interior front waist. There are two (2) inset pockets, one at each front side waist. The text "WOODFOX, A / 072148" in stencil lettering is stamped in burnt orange ink on each leg near the knee. A white fabric label with blue printed text is sewn at the interior center back waist seam with the logo for Russel Athletics at the top followed by size, fiber content, style, and care information below and on the reverse.
A golden yellow sleeveless shirt. The two sides have a rounded slit at the bottom. There are green letters sewn onto the front. They read [SANTA CLARA]. There is a white manufacturer's label inside the singlet at the neck. It reads [Russell / Southern / Co.] in red with a black "L".
The shirt has several spots, stains, and areas of discoloration. There are also a few loose threads on the bottom of the shirt.
These white athletic shorts were worn by Tommie Smith while competing in events representing Team USA at the 1968 Olympic Games. The shorts are made from a white synthetic fabric with red, white, and blue striped woven tape sewn along the outer side seams and around the hem of the leg openings. The shorts have an elastic waist band. They are not lined. A manufacturer's label reading "Russell / Southern / Co." with size and style number is sewn to the interior center back below the waist band. A paper label is attached with string to the interior proper left side seam with black handwritten text reading "L-84-7:1".