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January 13, 2014

Eastern State Penitentiary Celebrates Martin Luther King Day With A Full Weekend Of Free Activities, January 18-20

Eastern State Penitentiary celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day with readings from the iconic Letter from Birmingham Jail, crafts and more, January 18-20. (Photo by J. Fusco for Eastern State Penitentiary)


Honor Dr. Martin Luther King at Eastern State Penitentiary’s annual celebration of the man and his work.

This weekend, from January 18 to 20, listen to professional actors read excerpts from his iconic text, Letter From Birmingham Jail.

The free readings will occur at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. on each day of the Martin Luther King celebration. Following each reading, a civil rights scholar will lead a question and answer session for audience members.

While the readings are free, reservations are required. Click here to order your free ticket online. Based on availability, tickets will also be available at the door. Tickets must be claimed 30 minutes before the reading.

Over the weekend, also look forward to crafts provided by the Art Sanctuary and a chance to read part of Dr. King’s letter on camera as part of Read With Me: The MLK Project. Both activities are free and run from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. all weekend long.

In addition to free fun, Eastern State’s winter adventure tours will center on the civil rights movement and the role it played at Eastern State Penitentiary.

Martin Luther King Weekend at Eastern State Penitentiary
When: January 18-20
Where: Eastern State Penitentiary, 2027 Fairmount Avenue
Cost: Free
More info: www.easternstate.org

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