Angola prison guard tower to be in Smithsonian exhibit

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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.