New(ish) portrait: Christopher Epps, head of prisons in Mississippi, at Parchman

Christopher Epps at the entrance to Unit 17, Parchman, May 25, 2011.

Unit 17 was maximum security at the state penitentary, and for several weeks in the summer of 1961 its cells were home to the Freedom Riders. Epps was awaiting the arrival of the Riders who had returned to Mississippi, and Parchman, to mark their successful campaign's 50th anniversary.