Grey sweat shirt and pants worn by Albert Woodfox while incarcerated

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Manufactured by
Gildan Activewear Inc., Canadian, founded 1984
Russell Athletics, American, founded 1902
Worn by
Woodfox, Albert, American, born 1947
Subject of
David Wade Correctional Center, American, founded 1980
Medium
shirt: cotton and polyester blend cloth;
pants: cotton and polyester blend cloth, cord
Dimensions
H x W (.1 flat): 37 3/8 × 26 in. (94.9 × 66 cm)
H x W (.2 flat): 43 × 22 in. (109.2 × 55.9 cm)
Type
sweat pants
sweat shirts
Place used
Claiborne Parish, Louisiana, United States, North and Central America
Date
2010
Caption
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.
Description
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.
Topic
African American
Activism
Black power
Clothing and dress
Justice
Prisons
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Albert Woodfox
Object number
2017.34.1-.2
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification
Clothing-Historical
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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