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Catholic Chaplain's Office

Title: Chaplain's Office Mural
Photographer: Uncredited
Image Code: CO02

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Murals in the Chaplain’s Office, painted by inmate Lester Smith in the mid 1950s, mix Catholic and prison imagery. Although Smith’s beautiful murals have suffered significant decay, they offer insight into the history of Catholicism at Eastern State and the role of religion in the rehabilitation of inmates. Smith was never arrested again after his release from Eastern State.