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Angola prison guard tower to be in Smithsonian exhibit

Part of Angola Prison is headed to the Smithsonian Institute.

Workers dismantled one of the iconic Angola Prison guard towers and packing it up for a trip to Washington, D.C.

It will go on display at the Smithsonian’s new National Museum of African-American History and Culture which will open in 2015. It’s part of an exhibit that explores African-American oppression and mass incarceration.

The curator of the exhibit praised Angola for donating the guard tower, even though it represents a negative aspect of the post-slavery south.

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