“‘Slow moving holocaust’ keeps prisons full” @ Chicago Tribune

Posted on October 15, 2012

Dawn Turner Trice — October 15, 2012: “The first thing you notice about the 1905 mug shot of Laura Scott is her Sunday-go-to-meeting hat, large with wayward bows. Then, you take in the information surrounding the photograph that reveals her physical measurements and describes her as a 40-year-old, Alabama-born “Negress.”

Scott’s mug shot is just one of the many prison artifacts that Mariame Kaba has assembled for an exhibit on the history of black criminalization and incarceration that opens Oct. 23 at the University of Illinois Chicago’s African American Cultural Center Gallery.

Kaba said she began to imagine “Black/Inside: A History of Captivity & Confinement in the U.S.” after talking to a group of young black men who were visiting an exhibit last year commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Attica Prison riot in New York……………………”

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