state:
Louisiana
Local history:
Windows on Angola Prison
Sentenced to slavery, stuck in Jim Crow?
University of New Orleans
National Traveling Venue:
Ogden Museum of Southern Art
925 Camp Street New Orleans, LA 70130-3907
April 6, 2017April 10, 2017

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Louisiana: Windows on Angola Prison
Sentenced to slavery, stuck in Jim Crow?
University of New Orleans

Louisiana has the highest rate of incarceration in the world, with one in every 86 residents behind bars in 2012. The state also has one of the worst rates of racial disparity in sentencing and incarceration. A 2014 study by the American Civil Liberties Union found that black Louisianans are 23 times more likely than whites to be sentenced to life without the possibility of parole for non-violent crime, and currently make up 91.4% of those prisoners. The Louisiana State Penitentiary, known as Angola, 140 miles northeast of New Orleans, is the largest maximum security prison in the United States. Located on an 18,000 acre former slave plantation, prisoners are still forced to labor in cotton and sugar cane fields. These video essays use historic images and documents to examine a range of issues related to work: from forced labor, surveillance and punishment to strategies prisoners have used to transgress restraints through writing, music, and working for reform.

Our Point of View

Created by a class of undergraduate and graduate students at the University of New Orleans, these video essays explore different forms of prison labor through historic images and primary source documents. As a group we examined the question of how the prison has worked in order to grapple with the current mass incarceration crisis and the future of criminal justice reform.

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Louisiana: Windows on Angola Prison    University of New Orleans
Sentenced to slavery, stuck in Jim Crow?
Louisiana: Windows on Angola Prison
Sentenced to slavery, stuck in Jim Crow?
  University of New Orleans

National Exhibition Venue    Ogden Museum of Southern Art

Public Dialogues and Events
| April 6 – April 10, 2017

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Sep 15, 2016

Thursday, September 15, 2016

A Day with an Artist: Prison Activist-Artists Mark Strandquist & Rachel Speck

Description: 

This will be part of a series of programs bringing artist/activists engaged in prison activism together with middle and high school students from New Orleans. The work produced by students will be featured in the spring 2016 exhibition "Louisiana Beyond Bars: Young People Envision a Future with Fewer Prisons & Prisoners" at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art (See below) which will run concurrently with "States of Incarceration."read more…

Venue: 

Ogden Museum of Southern Art
925 Camp Street,
New Orleans, LA 70130

Apr 6, 2017
States of Incarceration Exhibition

States of Incarceration Exhibition Credit: Chris Choi

States of Incarceration Exhibition

States of Incarceration Exhibition Credit: Chris Choi

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Opening of States of Incarceration & Louisiana Beyond Bars/Response Wall

Description: 

This will mark the concurrent opening of an exhibition of young people's artwork envisioning a world with fewer prisons (Louisiana Beyond Bars) and States of Incarceration. The opening will coincide with the annual meeting of the Organization of American Historians in New Orleans and the Ogden Museum's Thursdays After Hours. In addition to showcasing the two exhibits, there will be a response wall for museum visitors which will be digitized and preserved for submission to States of Incarceration's online platform.read more…

Time: 
6 PM to 8 PM
Venue: 

Ogden Museum of Southern Art
925 Camp Street,
New Orleans, LA 70130

Exhibition
Apr 7, 2017
Interactive

States of Incarceration Exhibition, Place Yourself Interactive Credit: Chris Choi

Interactive

States of Incarceration Exhibition, Place Yourself Interactive Credit: Chris Choi

Friday, April 7, 2017

Launch of Carceral Tour of New Orleans on Neworleanshistorical.org

Description: 

Students from the University of New Orleans will launch a digital walking tour of historic sites of incarceration in New Orleans. The tour will also be on display at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art during "States of Incarceration" and "Louisiana Beyond Bars." The tour will engage visitor's awareness of the long history of spaces of incarceration within their community and visitors will be invited to respond to the tour and its sites digitally.read more…

Venue: 

Ogden Museum of Southern Art
925 Camp Street,
New Orleans, LA 70130

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