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

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November 29, 2019, 12:00 am – December 22, 2019, 12:00 am

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What We're Reading this Week

Report: Racial divide shrinks in US criminal justice system, The Washington Post, December 3, 2019

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2017 American Aliance of Museums Excellence in Exhibitions Overall Winner