A policeman and guard collect baseball bats and other possible weapons from the exercise yard in the Attica State Prison, Attica, N.Y., Sept. 14, 1971, in exercise yard "D" where rioting prisoners had set up a stronghold and held 38 hostages for five days. In the background are makeshift shelters made by the inmates to protect themselves from the rain.
A policeman and guard collect baseball bats and other possible weapons from the exercise yard in the Attica State Prison, Attica, N.Y., Sept. 14, 1971, in exercise yard "D" where rioting prisoners had set up a stronghold and held 38 hostages for five days. In the background are makeshift shelters made by the inmates to protect themselves from the rain. WCC ASSOCIATED PRESS
A policeman and guard collect baseball bats and other possible weapons from the exercise yard in the Attica State Prison, Attica, N.Y., Sept. 14, 1971, in exercise yard "D" where rioting prisoners had set up a stronghold and held 38 hostages for five days. In the background are makeshift shelters made by the inmates to protect themselves from the rain. WCC ASSOCIATED PRESS

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An ordained minister for more than 30 years, Paul Prather is a columnist, author and pastor of Bethesda Church near Mount Sterling. From 1988 to 1997, he was a Herald-Leader staff writer covering primarily religion.