Curtis Lee Morrison
I came to prison falsely accused of murder. It caused my family to fall apart as I had been the glue that held us together. I loved school and have enclosed a picture of me in 5th grade. I had a wonderful childhood. I am still here because I will not admit to a crime which I did not do. And even now after spending more than 40 years in prison my family still loves and supports me. I started making leather cases in Folsom in the 70’s. When we were not allowed to use leather any more I started turning coal into diamonds. I use plastic jugs and turn them into useful carrying cases. 94% of the brief case is made from recycled materials which would have been destined for the landfill. I purchase glue, the outsides and the snap lining. All of the rest is made of recycled materials. When I finally am approved by the Board to be released, I would like to continue making brief cases and purses out of leather and other materials. I am thankful for Artists Serving Humanity which gives me an opportunity to give to charitable organizations through the sales of my cases.
Note: This artist has donated briefcases to a group which helps homeless teenagers. The briefcases were filled with art supplies, and very appreciated by the recipients. He has also donated to children in a group home. These children are moved from place to place, often using a plastic trash bag in which to carry their belongings. Now they will have a safe place to keep personal items such as photos, drawings, letters and important papers.