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Due to ongoing public health concerns related to the novel coronavirus, Eastern State Penitentiary will remain temporarily closed to the public until further notice. In the meantime, the conversation about the legacy of American criminal justice reform continues virtually! Tune in on social media for this week's programming. 

Friday, July 3

Prisons and the Pandemic
Pre-recorded video on Facebook.
Eastern State staff share the latest on the COVID-19 pandemic inside of prisons and jails throughout the United States. Listen and engage in discussion with others in the comments.

Monday, July 6

#ESPArtAtHome
PDF on Facebook and Twitter.
Download and print an Eastern State Penitentiary inspired coloring sheet. Learn while you color, then share your finished art with us on social media using the hashtag #ESPArtAtHome.

Tuesday, July 7

6:00 pm - Dehanza Rogers: The Criminalization of Black Identity
Live via Zoom webinar.
Dehanza Rogers will discuss her work as a narrative filmmaker documenting how Black Americans navigate law enforcement and the justice system. She will show clips from #BlackGirlhood, her film about policing and authority in the classroom, which was commissioned in part by Eastern State Penitentiary and has been on view in Cellblock 8 since May 2019. Learn more>

Prisons and the Pandemic
Pre-recorded video on Facebook.
Eastern State staff share the latest on the COVID-19 pandemic inside of prisons and jails throughout the United States. Listen and engage in discussion with others in the comments.

Wednesday, July 8

12:00 pm - Hidden Histories: Asian People
Live chat on Twitter.
Researcher Annie Anderson digs into the history of under-explored populations at Eastern State Penitentiary. Tune in this week to learn more about Asian people incarcerated at the penitentiary. Join the conversation with #HiddenESP.

Thursday, July 9

Hidden Lives Illuminated: Nostalgia
Pre-recorded video on Facebook.
Revisit "Nostalgia," one of the 20 animated films created by incarcerated artists for our 2019 project Hidden Lives Illuminated. In "Nostalgia," Paul M. explores how watching a movie late at night evokes a vivid childhood memory. He decides to make a phone call. Watch with us. Then, download a postcard and share your thoughts with the filmmakers.

Friday, July 10

Prisons and the Pandemic
Pre-recorded video on Facebook.
Eastern State staff share the latest on the COVID-19 pandemic inside of prisons and jails throughout the United States. Listen and engage in discussion with others in the comments.

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