Sunday, July 19, 2009

Hi everyone,

Yesterday, I went to the Eastern State Penitentiary. It's considered to be the world's first true penitentiary. It was in operation from 1829 to 1971. Unfortunately, I neglected to get a picture of the outside.

On this picture you see the kitchen building. It wasn't open so I wasn't able to go inside.

This Picture is a picture of the outside yard. The Comcast Center is also visible in the background. It's the tallest, thin, rectangular building.

This is a bit blurry. Sorry. It's a plaque commemorating prisoners who fought in WWII. They are only listed by their inmate numbers.

It shows a typical hallway in one of the later built cell blocks. Unlike the earlier cell blocks which just had 1 floor, later cell blocks had two floors.

This picture shows the size of a typical cell. The back of the wall, that's boarded up, was a door that lead to a small walled yard where the prisoner was allowed to exercise, garden, and/or keep a pet.

Here is a recreation of the original doors for the cells. You would have to crawl into the cell.

is is a model of the original design of the prison cells. Each cell was totally independent of another cell and prisoners were not supposed to have any contact with any people. The designers of the prison believed that solitary confinement would lead prisoners to think about their missdeeds.

Here is a door for the cell. It's very intimidating and there's no window or anything on the doors so no light could pass through.

This picture is of the hallway of cell block 1. It's one of the original cell blocks that was built at the prison. Very gloomy

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