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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. View schedule below or download a printable PDF here:

Monday, May 25

#ESPinColor
New pages shared on Facebook and Twitter
Download and print a coloring sheet, inspired by a real historic photograph from our archives. When you're finished, share your works of art with us on social media using the hashtag #ESPinColor.

Tuesday, May 26

The Searchlight Series: COVID-19 Relief and Formerly Incarcerated Business Owners
6:00 pm ET live on Zoom webinar
Hear from several experts on how they are helping formerly incarcerated business owners who are experiencing challenges accessing relief from the federal government based on their conviction history. Learn more.

Wednesday, May 27

Hands-On History Live: Incarcerated Youth
2:30 pm ET live on Facebook
Learn about young people in prison in the first of a three-part series inspired by topics explored in the novel Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward.

Hidden Histories: Juveniles at Eastern State
12:00 pm live chat on Twitter
Each week, Researcher Annie Anderson digs into the history of under-explored populations, including women and children, LGBTQ people, and formerly enslaved people at ESP. Tune in this week to learn about juveniles who were incarcerated at the penitentiary.

Thursday, May 28

Hidden Lives Illuminated: We Can If We Want To
Prerecorded on Facebook
Revisit one of the animated films created by an incarcerated artist for our 2019 project Hidden Lives Illuminated. This week, we view We Can If We Want To by Michael L. Learn more.

Friday, May 29

Prisons and the Pandemic
Prerecorded on Facebook
Join Tour Guide Marney Penn as she shares the latest on the COVID-19 pandemic inside of prisons and jails throughout the U.S. and how the health crisis is impacting our criminal justice system. 

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