Captive Voices: Hearing, Seeing and Imagining Angola Prison

Tulane University Special Collections announces a new exhibit:

Captive Voices: Hearing, Seeing and Imagining Angola Prison
September 17, 2019 – November 29, 2019.

In coordination with the Tulane University Reading Project and One Book New Orleans’ 2019 selection, Vengeance, by Tulane Professor of English Zachary Lazar, this exhibit uses materials from the Tulane University Special Collections and Lazar’s personal archives to reveal often hidden aspects of the Louisiana State Penitentiary.

The exhibit includes drawings from the Curtis and Davis architectural firm of the prison’s 1954 rebuilding, construction photographs by noted architectural photographer Frank Lotz Miller documenting the inmate construction crew, prison-related ephemera created by various political and social welfare organizations, selections of the inmate produced Angolite magazine, a multi-media display showcasing the music of former inmate Robert Pete Williams, and manuscripts, artifacts, and other inmate created artwork from the personal collection of Professor Lazar.

Generous support provided by the Marjorie Peirce Geiser and John Geiser, Jr. Fund.

Curated by Special Collections staff, Captive Voices: Hearing, Seeing and Imagining Angola Prison opens September 17, 2019 and runs through November 29, 2019 at the Tulane University Special Collections 2nd Floor Gallery, 6801 Freret Street, Jones Hall, on Tulane University’s Uptown campus. Hours are 10am–5pm Monday-Friday. Admission is free and open to the public.

Opening reception September 17, 2019, 4:00pm – 6:30pm. Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Kevin Williams, Exhibits & Outreach Coordinator,
Tulane University Special Collections
(504) 247-1836


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