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Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 4.15.20

                   Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 4.15.20

During these difficult times we believe it is more important than ever to keep things as positive as we can and so we thought we would share the following email from Ashley Massey, Graduate Assistant, Prison Studies at UNA. It was the top of our agenda at our meeting today and it will also give you an idea just how fortunate we are.

“Hey there, just wanted to check in and update you on things going on over here. Before COVID-19 hit and the University went all online, I was able to include and organize everything I have from you all so far in the archive and complete the archive summary. The last I spoke to the UNA archivist, he was going to start working on putting the materials in the online archive database, but he said it could take a month or so. I plan on checking in with him once things have settled a bit to see how that is going. Of course, if more materials come in, I can add them to the archive when classes (hopefully) start back in August.

I'm not sure if I ever told you how much the thank you card meant to me that I received from the men at Holman. I will certainly treasure that card forever. Working on this archive has been the highlight of my semester. I feel very fortunate to have been trusted with handling these important and personal documents. I hope their health and safety is ensured in the coming weeks and that you are healthy and safe as well.”

The archives on line! That is amazing news! We are indeed very, very fortunate! 

We were very honored by the inclusion of our Weekly Report dated 3.18.20 in the monthly newsletter “The Revealer” published on line in Tuskegee by Chief Leon Frazier. Retired Police Chief Frazier or “Chief” as he is affectionately known was the first law enforcement officer to sign our Law Enforcement petition for a moratorium on the death penalty here in Alabama. We are forever in his debt! When we thanked him we got the following reply: “You are welcome, as we continue our struggles to make this world a better place.”

We are continuing to feel energized by the men who came from Donaldson. Our interactions with them, their enthusiasm for what we do, to sum it up and quoting our Chairman, “they are a breath of fresh air!”

And so as we continue to do our best to keep things positive in here we encourage you to do the same out there, to take good care of yourselves and to stay safe!

                                                                                                                                 Esther