Monday, April 11, 2016

On This Date in Minnesota History: April 11

*April 11, 1953 – Approximately 1000 inmates from Stillwater Prison start fires, smash windows and shout profanities at the guards during a prolonged prison riot. It all started when prisoners refused to work in prison shops earlier in the week and staged a sit-down. One of their complaints was that the prison cook, Louis Gillis, “had put raisins in gravy served the men. They went back to work when Gilles was fired.”

Minneapolis News-Tribune; “Minnesota Prisoners Stage Riot”; April 11, 1953; p. 1.

Photo taken by Pamela J. Erickson. Released into the public domain Feb. 21, 2013,
as long as acknowledgement included.


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