- Maurice Possley
was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, the eldest of six children of Ruby Edwards Mable, a barmaid, and Leroy Woodfox, owner of a dry cleaning business. Woodfox grew up in the Treme neighborhood of New Orleans. He was arrested at fifteen for charging drivers to park their cars and dropped out of school while in the tenth grade. He then went to jail again at age seventeen after he was caught in a stolen car. At age twenty he was convicted of robbing a bar. After he was sentenced to fifty years in prison, he escaped from the courthouse and went to New York City in 1969 where he met members of the Black Panther Party for the first time After only a few days he went to pick up winnings from a bookmaker was beaten and subsequently arrested by the police While in The Tombs the Manhattan detention ...
A version of this article originally appeared in African American National Biography.