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Jul 8, 2013 4:21 AM by AP

Smithsonian to display tower, cell from La. prison

A guard tower and cell from the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola are to be part of a new exhibit at a Smithsonian Institution museum in Washington.
The tower and cell will be part of a display at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture, scheduled for opening in 2015.
Paul Gardullo, one of the museum's curators, said museum officials have been working with Angola for the past few years to have some artifacts of the penitentiary brought to the museum.
Angola is on land that was once an old plantation. The land was bought by Samuel James, who in 1869 was awarded the lease to run the state's penitentiary.
Gardullo said the tower represents surveillance and discipline methods during the segregation era.

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