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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. 

Monday, July 13

#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 14

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 15

12:00 pm - Hidden Histories: Nation of Islam
Live chat on Twitter.
Our researchers dig into the history of under-explored populations and topics at Eastern State Penitentiary. Tune in this week as Public Programming Specialist Damon McCool leads a conversation about members of the Nation of Islam incarcerated at the penitentiary. Join the conversation with #HiddenESP.

Thursday, July 16

Hidden Lives Illuminated: There He Was, There He Is
Pre-recorded video on Facebook.
Revisit "There He Was, There He Is," one of the 20 animated films created by incarcerated artists for our 2019 project Hidden Lives Illuminated. In "There He Was, There He Is," the protagonist of Joseph K.'s film goes to sleep a child and wakes a man. How will yesterday's plans work in tomorrow's society? Watch with us. Then, download a postcard and share your thoughts with the filmmakers.

Friday, July 17

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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