Premiere Showing of Lorton Prison Stories Photo Project, Tomorrow, Saturday December 14th

b-Postcard-Chief-Frame-1Ward 1 freelance photographer Nancy Shia alerted me to an exhibition of prison photographs that will be held at All Souls Church Unitarian at 1500 Harvard Street NW on December 14th (tomorrow), from 1-4 p.m. From Nancy’s announcement:

Have you ever wondered what Lorton Prison was like?  Lorton closed in 2001.  After that DC prisoners were sent to all 4 corners of the US.  Lorton Prison was uniquely Washington, where prisoners were allowed and encouraged to keep strong ties to the DC community.

The premiere of the Lorton Prison Stories Photo Exhibit will be at All Souls Church Unitarian at 1500 Harvard Street NW on December 14th, from 1-4 p.m. in conjunction with the Reentry Arts and Information Fair of the Reentry Network for Returning Citizens.  The images are pictures taken at the Lorton Reformatory from 1974 to 1976.

The photo project is sponsored by a commemorative grant from the Washington DC Humanities Council.  The nonprofit organization sponsoring the project is the Reentry Network for Returning Citizens, Courtney Stewart, Chairman.

There will be organizations present to assist reentering citizens and others who might need them.  There will be prison art, books, buttons, cards and other art about the criminal justice system available.  Light refreshments will be served.

The exhibit will be on display through Sunday, December 15th. Ms. Shia is also Director of The Lorton Prison Stories Project.

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