April 11th, 1993 marked the first of the 11-day Lucasville Uprising at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility.
The strike was preceding by the prison warden’s stripping the facility’s college program, eliminating music and literary programs, and other social, emotional and academic programming. The final straw was the demand that all incarcerated persons be injected with a compound-mixture of phenol to test for tuberculosis. Because the compound contains alcohol and goes against their Islamic religious beliefs, the Muslim population asked for and agreed to alternative testing methods. The warden not only refused this request, but also silenced the men’s attempts to speak to the media about the inhumanities, racial injustices and practices at Lucasville. This led to the men taking control of the prison in the 11-day standoff that resulted in the deaths of nine of the imprisoned and one prison guard.
One Muslim in particular, Siddique Abdullah Hasan, was scapegoated and falsely convicted as a leader of the Uprising, despite being one of four men that helped bring the Uprising to a more non-violent conclusion. Hasan is now imprisoned on death row at a super-max prison camp in Youngstown, Ohio.