Family, friends and supporters of Herman Wallace held a memorial service and buried him in New Orleans, the city where he was born, on Saturday, October 12th. Wallace was one of the Angola 3 who were convicted of killing a guard at Angola State Prison in 1972. They have always maintained their innocence and said that they were actually convicted for organizing a chapter of the Black Panther Party in Angola Prison, to push for an end to brutal and inhumane prison conditions. Robert King was held in solitary confinement for 29 years before his conviction was overturned and he was released; Herman Wallace was held in solitary for 41 years, as was Albert Woodfox, who remains in solitary confinement.
Wallace was released in an ambulance, dying of cancer, on October 2nd, after a federal judge ruled that his indictment had been un-Constitutional. He died three days later on October 4th.
Angola 3 member Robert King and Malik Rahim, former Black Panther and founder of the Common Ground Collective, attended the memorial service and helped bury their lifelong friend. They spoke to KPFA Radio-Berkeley the next day.
<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"> <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"> <br /></div> <table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody> <tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-QXWNPj4AHBE/UlyQ3krSzWI/AAAAAAAAG0g/REYb8JEmhEU/s1600/Herman-Wallace-Funeral-2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="499" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-QXWNPj4AHBE/UlyQ3krSzWI/AAAAAAAAG0g/REYb8JEmhEU/s640/Herman-Wallace-Funeral-2.jpg" width="640" /></td></tr> <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><span style="background-color: #fffde5; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, Georgia, sans-serif; font-size: 11.199999809265137px; line-height: 17.274999618530273px;">Giving Herman Hooks Wallace a Panther salute are Robert King of the Angola 3 at left and, at right, Malik Rahim, who first made the Angola 3 known to the world. The funeral was held Oct. 12, 2013, at the Treme Center in New Orleans. </span></td></tr> </tbody></table> </div>