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Smithsonian To Get Guard Tower From Angola

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SI Tower

The National Museum of African-American History and Culture is receiving a prison guard tower donated by the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola.

Workers will begin dismantling the tower on Monday.  The tower was built sometime during the 1930s or 1940s.  It’s about 20 feet tall.

According to the museum, the tower will help explore the complex history of African-American oppression and incarceration in the United States.  It will be included in the museum’s inaugural exhibit on segregation.