Angola guard tower and cell donated to Smithsonian Institution

April 8th, 2015 by DezinsAdmin

A guard tower and jail cell from the Louisiana State Penitentiary will be hauled from Angola to the National Museum of African American History and Culture, a new Smithsonian branch scheduled for opening in 2015.

The guard tower comes from Angola’s Camp H, while the jail cell hails from the prison’s Camp A.

Angola Warden Burl Cain said Friday that having the items moved to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., is an honor for the penitentiary and the state.

“Angola is a very historical prison,” he said. “It has a very colorful past, and a very horrible past as well.”

The tower and jail cell are no longer in use and are simply historic objects, said Paul Gardullo, one of the museum’s curators.

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