• Short Summary

    150 convicts at Fort Pillow Prison Farm, Tennessee, on the evening of May 11 grabbed two hostages and barricaded themselves in.

  • Description

    150 convicts at Fort Pillow Prison Farm, Tennessee, on the evening of May 11 grabbed two hostages and barricaded themselves in. Reporters, prison officials, flocked to the prison and set up an all night vigil.

    Hastily summoned State Commissioner Hampton conferred with prison officials, and then walked through the gates into the corridors of the goal.

    Prisoner spokesman Johnny Webb Roddy, 20-yrs-old, shouted cut complaints - bad food, bad working conditions, too long hours of toil, maltreatment by guards.

    "Let them work off some steam" said Hampton, playing a waiting game.

    14 hrs later the prisoners surrendered, their two hostages disputed knifing threats, unharmed.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVADD793HI6749C7O630XLDG0LHN
    Media URN:
    VLVADD793HI6749C7O630XLDG0LHN
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    13/05/1959
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:06:48:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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