Nation: Hosanna in a Spot of Hell

Andrae Crouch brings the gospel to Soledad Prison

California's Soledad Prison is a spot of hell in the middle of a Garden of Eden. Located on 960 acres in the verdant Salinas Valley, the penitentiary housing 2,400 inmates is a cauldron of latent racial violence. In its 26-year history, 18 inmates have slaughtered one another in the name of black or white supremacy. Last week, as part of a continual effort to promote racial harmony, prison authorities held a concert by Gospel Singer Andrae Crouch, a black. TIME Correspondent James Wilde attended. His report:...

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