Louisiana State Penitentiary to donate prison guard tower to museum

Photo provided by Louisiana State Penitentiary
Friday, July 5, 2013 - 6:00am

The National Museum of African American History and Culture has received a donation of a prison guard tower from the Louisiana State Penitentiary.

The prison, also known as Angola after a 19th-century plantation on the same site of land, is one of the largest maximum-security prisons in the country.

Starting Monday, July 8, NMAAHC will begin dismantling and removing the tower from its current location to transport it to the museum’s collection.

The surveillance tower, just over 20 feet tall, erected between 1930s and 1940s, will help the museum explore the complex history of African American oppression and incarceration in the United States. It will be an iconic object in the museum’s inaugural exhibition on segregation.

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