November 3, 2009
Photo courtesy Eastern State Penitentiary
Next Saturday and Sunday, November 14th and 15th, Eastern State Penitentiary is offering up a behind-the-scenes tour of the spaces visitors don’t see, and places most inmates never saw either.
Attendees will have the opportunity to check out the punishment cells in Cellblock 1, with artifacts that describe the famous 1945 hunger strike that happened there. There’s also Cellblock 15, a space never before open to the public. 15 is a series of windowless, basement cells underneath Cellblock 14. This space was referred to as “The Klondike” at Eastern State, but is widely known as “The Hole” in modern prisons.
These special tours fill up quickly, so RSVP while you can! Visit the official Eastern State Penn website for more information.
Behind the Scenes Tour: The Punishment Blocks
Saturday and Sunday, November 14 and 15
Historic Site Members: Free / General Public $12
Eastern State Penitentiary
22nd Street and Fairmount Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19130