The following is part of a series of Interviews of Prisoners and Prison Ministers by the Rev. Canon William Barnwell of Kairos Prison Ministry. We will publish a series of interviews Barnwell conducted with prisoners about Kairos as part of our Christianity at Work project. The first article in this series can be found here.
“Prisons are such loveless places. You always needed to hear God’s Word.”
November, 25, 2011, New Orleans
WHB: I am talking in our home with Lawyer Winfield, Jr., about his life, his prison experience and his time with Kairos—particularly Kairos #53 at Angola Penitentiary.
Remember, Lawyer, this is your story. Tell me about how you grew up–where were you and what was important to you? How did you end up in prison, and what has Kairos meant in your life?
I grew up in New Orleans’ Ninth Ward, in the Desire Housing Project. It was the biggest public housing development in America. A world within itself. A community set off to itself, with mainly poor people. I came up with both my parents. My father was born in 1900 in Tickfaw, Louisiana, and came here in the 1920s. He married my mother, who was fresh out of high school, when he was almost 40 years older than my mother. Read More…