Revolution Comes To Chiswick

In form of 40ft mosaic mural dedicated to incarcerated Black Panthers

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A spectacular mosaic has been unveiled on the outside wall of a house in the Chiswick to raise awareness of African-American men confined in Angola prison, Louisiana.

The artwork entitled 'The Revolution is Now’ took four months to create by a dedicated group of activist artists, decorates The Treatment Rooms, home of street artist Carrie Richards, aka The Baroness, and her partner Mr. Spunky.

The mosaic depicts the so-called Angola 3 – Herman Wallace, Albert Woodfox and Robert King – men wrongfully convicted of murder at Angola prison in the 1970s and who subsequently spent decades in solitary confinement. Though Woodfox’s conviction has been overturned, and Wallace’s recommended for such, both men remain behind bars.

The extensive work is also dedicated to Kenny ‘Zulu’ Whitmore, who has similarly spent 33 years in solitary confinement at Angola, where the majority of inmates are black.

The only freed member of the Angola 3, Robert King – released in 2001 after his murder conviction was overturned – attended the unveiling. One of the purposes of his stay in London was to launch the Free Zulu campaign. He spoke to a crowd of 150 artists and activists from the UK, Europe and North America who have rallied around the causes of the Angola 3 and Zulu.

August 29, 2008