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America's Most Historic Prison

Eastern State Penitentiary was once the most famous and expensive prison in the world, but stands today in ruin, a haunting world of crumbling cellblocks and empty guard towers. Its vaulted, sky-lit cells once held many of America's most notorious lawbreakers, including "Slick Willie" Sutton and "Scarface" Al Capone.

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Hidden Lives Illuminated

Animated films by currently-incarcerated artists, projected onto Eastern State.

Nightly, August 15 - September 12. Free.

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August 6, 2019, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Dr. Dorothy Johnson-Speight and Keir Bradford-Grey: The Mothers and The Defenders: Together Supporting Justice

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What We're Reading this Week

Is ‘Abolish Prisons’ the Next Frontier in Criminal Justice?, Bloomberg, June 12, 2019

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2017 American Aliance of Museums Excellence in Exhibitions Overall Winner