Exhibit Opening: 20th-Century Culture and Leisure at Jackson State Penitentiary

Michigan History Museum
702 W. Kalamazoo Street,
Lansing, MI 48915

Free admission
Doors open at 5 p.m.

Join us as we unveil a special Michigan addition to the "States of Incarceration" national exhibit currently in our special exhibit gallery. Using photos and other primary source materials, the new exhibit panel shines a light on the art, music and sports programs offered at Jackson State Penitentiary in the first half of the 20th century.

The panel was created by Michigan State University history professor Dr. LaShawn Harris and her students through a course she developed. The class focused on the history of cultural and leisure activities at Jackson State Penitentiary and worked with the Citizens for Prison Reform in Lansing.

In a brief program, Dr. Harris will talk about the students' research into the various types of formal and informal rehabilitation programs that the prison offered from 1900 to the 1940s.

This free program is part of a series held in conjunction with our special exhibition, " States of Incarceration: A National Dialogue on Local Histories." The program series - made possible, in part, by a grant from Michigan Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities - features presentations and films that explore all aspects and perspectives on incarceration in Michigan and the United States. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in presentations do not necessarily represent those of the Michigan History Center, the National Endowment for the Humanities or Michigan Humanities Council.

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Updated 02/19/2019

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