6,000 Inmates in My Backyard
by Constance Bannan Barnes
When I was three years old, my family and I moved into a twenty-room mansion with a tennis court, a stable for our horses and a swimming pool that held a million gallons of water. Little did I know this fairy tale home was next to the largest walled prison in the world. Governor G. Mennen Williams had appointed my father, William H. Bannan, to the warden’s position at Jackson State Prison.