Prison Labor Tour and Book Discussion

Sun, February 24, 2019 11:00 A.M. Add to your calendar
Eastern State Penitentiary, 2027 Fairmount Avenue

In the early 20th-century Jim Crow South, Parchman Farm—the Mississippi State Penitentiary—was created as a model for inmate labor, which impacted the economy of the state of Mississippi. Here in Philadelphia, Eastern State Penitentiary also served as a model prison, founded on a system of strict isolation, silence, and labor. In a special tour, learn about the past and present role of labor in prisons in the United States and the connections between incarceration, industry, and the economy. Visit the historic site’s newest exhibition, Prisons Today: Questions in the Age of Mass Incarceration, and reflect on the social impacts of incarceration today. Discussion will be guided by excerpts from the novel Sing, Unburied, Sing, which follows two generations of a family incarcerated at Parchman Farm Prison. 

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Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward is the 2019 One Book, One Philadelphia featured selection. 


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Eastern State Penitentiary, 2027 Fairmount Avenue

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019
7:00 P.M.
Woke & Well-read Book Club: Sing, Unburied, Sing | Big Blue Marble Bookstore, 551 Carpenter Lane
Wednesday, February 20, 2019
12:00 P.M.
Drexel University Intercultural Book Circle: Sing, Unburied, Sing | Drexel University’s James E. Marks Intercultural Center, 3225 Arch Street