Second Floor
Hours
  • M-F: 8am - 5pm
  • Closed November 28
865-215-8824, eths@eastTNhistory.org
First Floor
Hours
  • M-F: 9am - 4pm
  • Sat: 10am - 4pm
  • Sun: 1pm - 5pm
  • Closed November 28
  • November 29: Holiday Hours 10am - 4pm
865-215-8830
Third Floor
Hours
  • M-Tu: 9am - 8:30 pm
  • W-F: 9am - 5:30 pm
  • Sat: 9am - 5pm
  • Sun: 1pm - 5pm
  • Closed November 28
  • Closed November 29
865-215-8801
Second Floor
Hours
  • M-F: 8am-4:30pm
  • Closed November 28
  • Closed November 29
865-215-8800

Tennessee State Penitentiary Images of America

Yoshie Lewis and Brian Allison

As Tennessee grew into a modern state, it found itself increasingly beset by crime. In 1831, the legislature approved the construction of the first penitentiary. The pen world was violent and dark, with several major riots, fires, and escape attempts throughout the years. However, the prison also gave birth to a culture of creativity born from despair, with entertainment shows often featuring the biggest names in country music sharing the stage with inmate bands. The best-known pen, “the Castle,” has become a familiar icon to filmgoers, being used in productions like The Last Castle and The Green Mile. Today, the building sits abandoned, facing an uncertain future. 127 pages.

$21.99
Weight: 
1 lb
Dimensions: 
9 × 1 × 6 in