Photos from PoPville – Prison Guard Tower Coming to the National Museum of African American History

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number7cloud writes:

“While it’s still under construction, this morning crews installed two large pieces at the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Because the pieces are so large, continued construction of the building will be built around them.

Weighing 80 tons, a segregated railway train care made by the Pullman Company in 1922 was delivered to DC this morning as well as a prison guard tower from Angola, the Louisiana State Penitentiary. It’s an item illustrating the incarceration of black people in the 20th century.”

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5 Comment

  • Lest we forget that segregation occurred even in our penal system…

    • In care you’re interested in learning, and not just spewing dumbassery: The South, after the Civil War, used the penal system as a replacement for slavery, imprisoning black citizens for made-up crimes and lending them out as unpaid labor to local businesses.

  • I’m looking forward to this museum opening. I actually think the building is going to be pretty cool and I am hoping the exhibits will be engaging too.

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