Exhibit showcasing sports played in prison during Philly spring break.

Exhibit showcasing sports played in prison during Philly spring break.

The new spring break offering at Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site will include a special pop-up museum showcasing the vibrant sports culture at the prison. Visitors can view original copies of the ‘Umpire’ and the ‘Eastern Echo,’ magazines written and published by incarcerated individuals at Eastern State. The exhibit will also feature hand-made table-top games like a chess board, chess pieces, and a cribbage board crafted by prisoners.

Kerry Sautner, president and CEO of Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site, stated that the spring break event aligns with the organization’s mission of educating visitors about the history of liberty and incarceration in the U.S. and Philadelphia through criminal justice reform. She emphasized their focus on engaging visitors of all ages in an informative and welcoming manner.

Originally founded in 1829, Eastern State Penitentiary aimed to provide inmates with an opportunity to repent, rediscover themselves, and reintegrate into society. The maximum-security prison housed a wide range of individuals, from murderers to white-collar criminals, such as Al Capone and “Slick Willie” Sutton. The prison’s historical significance in American incarceration offers visitors a unique perspective on the justice system and the need for criminal justice reform.

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