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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July 2, 2019, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Sean Kelley, Mandee Quinn, and William Wallace III: Bringing Hidden Lives Illuminated to Light
What We're Reading this Week
The latest YouTube craze? Videos that show you what it’s like to live in prison., The Washington Post, June 3, 2019
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