Eastern State Penitentiary

Eastern State Penitentiary historic site in Fairmount is kicking off its new season with new art installations and a new Al Capone cell exhibit.
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John McDevitt
May 02, 2019 - 4:19 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Eastern State Penitentiary historic site in Fairmount is kicking off its new season with new art installations and a new Al Capone cell exhibit. There were more than 100 escape attempts at Eastern State Penitentiary when prisoners were housed there. Inspired by that,...
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When the walls of Al Capone's cell were being prepared to be plastered in the beginning of the year, 20 layers of paint were uncovered, revealing another fold in the gangster's history.
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John McDevitt
April 23, 2019 - 5:02 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — When the walls of Al Capone's cell were being prepared to be plastered in the beginning of the year, 20 layers of paint were uncovered, revealing another fold in the gangster's history. During the restorative work at Eastern State Penitentiary, Liz Trumbull, manager...
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Fred Jennings, 67, holds a placard stating "NEED TO WORK" while gathering with area elected officials and furloughed federal workers at a rally in front of Independence Hall on Jan. 8, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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January 15, 2019 - 2:36 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — With the government shutdown now in its fourth week, bills are beginning to pile up for many furloughed federal workers. As a way to ease the burden, many local and national companies are displaying a willingness to be flexible, offering payment plans, free admission...
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Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Rachel Kurland
January 11, 2019 - 2:23 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — For Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Jan. 21, Eastern State Penitentiary is hosting a weekend of activities honoring the late civil rights leader. The museum will hold readings and discussions of King's 1963 "Letter from Birmingham Jail." King was arrested in Birmingham...
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A toy drive for area kids with incarcerated parents is being held for a sixth year at a Philadelphia historic site that used to be a prison.
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John McDevitt
December 05, 2018 - 4:05 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A toy drive for area kids with incarcerated parents is being held for a sixth year at a Philadelphia historic site that used to be a prison. The mission of Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site in Fairmount is to connect the building to what is going on in the...
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The Speakeasy at Al Capone's Cell
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John McDevitt
October 05, 2018 - 8:06 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- There's a place for the 21-and-older crowd to calm their nerves after going though Eastern State Penitentiary's haunted fundraiser, "Terror Behind the Walls." After being frightened by the ghosts and goblins inside the prison, those with proper identification can...
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John McDevitt
September 18, 2018 - 6:08 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The threat of Tuesday's rain kept two giant smoking gargoyles chained up behind the scenes at Eastern State Penitentiary in Fairmount. But that didn't stop the ghouls inside getting ready for Friday's season opening of Terror Behind the Walls. When you enter Terror...
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Eastern State Penitentiary
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Paul Kurtz
July 25, 2018 - 9:56 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Work is underway on much-needed repairs to the stone walls of the 189-year-old Eastern State Penitentiary in Fairmount. Dyrek Davis is among a small group of young people who are members of the National Trust for Historic Preservations HOPE Crew and learning the...
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Dan Wing
July 14, 2018 - 11:55 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- It's the storming of the Bastille, but done with a ton of Philly flavor. Eastern State Penitentiary held their final Bastille Day celebration Saturday night, after more than two decades of recreating the turning point in the French Revolution. With the landmark...
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Bastille Day / Eastern State Penitentiary
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John McDevitt
June 07, 2018 - 2:54 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — After more than two decades, this year's Bastille Day celebration in Fairmount will be the last. Marie Antoinette will yell "Let them eat Tastykake!" and throw krimpets into crowds of people for the last time on July 14. The zany drag cabaret re-enactment of the...
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