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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 criminals, including "Slick Willie" Sutton and "Scarface" Al Capone.

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Hidden Lives Illuminated will offer a rare look into daily life inside America‚Äôs correctional system through animated short films created by currently-incarcerated artists.

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February 23, 2019, 11:00 am – March 3, 2019, 1:00 pm

Prison Labor Tour and Book Discussion: One Book, One Philadelphia

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What We're Reading this Week

Protesters swarm Brooklyn jail that endured polar vortex with no heat, The Washington Post, February 3, 2019

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2017 American Aliance of Museums Excellence in Exhibitions Overall Winner