Eastern State Penitentiary

Terror Behind the Walls
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John McDevitt
September 13, 2019 - 5:27 pm
To mark the opening of one of Philly's most hallowed Halloween attractions, dozens of mega fans got tattoos of Eastern State Penitentiary's iconic Terror Behind the Walls, ahead of its 2019 opening. Read more here.
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Hadas Kuznits
August 18, 2019 - 4:00 am
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — An unconventional instructor led a yoga and meditation class on the grounds of Eastern State Penitentiary this weekend. Matt Engler says he first learned to meditate at Graterford Prison, now SCI Phoenix, where he was serving 20 years for home invasion robbery. "There...
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Eastern State Penitentiary
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John McDevitt
June 28, 2019 - 7:11 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Members of a trade training program for young adults are celebrating after completing a significant masonry project at one of Philadelphia's most popular historic sites. At Eastern State Penitentiary Historic site eight participants, ages of 18 and 26, from...
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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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