Historic Marker, Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia, PA

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Eastern State Penitentiary - National Register of Historic Places Ref # 66000680, date listed 19661015

. 21st St. and Fairmount Ave.

. Philadelphia, PA (Philadelphia County)

. A National Historic Landmark.

. Eastern State Penitentiary broke sharply with the prisons of its day, abandoning corporal punishment and ill treatment. This massive new structure, opened in 1829, became one of the most expensive American buildings of its day and soon the most famous prison in the world. The Penitentiary would not simply punish, but move the criminal toward spiritual reflection and change. The method was a Quaker-inspired system of isolation from other prisoners, with labor. The early system was strict. To prevent distraction, knowledge of the building, and even mild interaction with guards, inmates were hooded whenever they were outside their cells. But the proponents of the system believed strongly that the criminals, exposed, in silence, to thoughts of their behavior and the ugliness of their crimes, would become genuinely penitent. Thus the new word, penitentiary. (1)

. References (1) Eastern State Penitentiary

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Comments (2)

neil.gilmour on January 5, 2014

Great place to visit. Like and fav. Nice contribution to the Pennsylvania group. Neil

chfstew on January 5, 2014

I didn't have the time to visit the interior but I am sure it would have been interesting. Thanks!

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Eastern State Penitentiary

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