Residents of Moyamensing Prison

Residents of Moyamensing Prison


Luckily it only feels like we’re trapped in South Philly right now. But it wasn’t that long ago you could be locked up for life in South Philly’s Moyamensing Prison. Located at Passyunk Avenue and Reed Street, where the Acme Supermarket sits today; the prison was built in 1835 and operated until 1963 and wasn’t demolished until 1968. Over the years there were hundreds of executions at Moyamensing prison and thousands of criminals passed through its gates. So today we’re going to talk about the most famous jailbirds at Moyamensing Prison; Edgar Allan Poe, Charles Bukowski, and H.H. Holmes.


Check out the visual companion below and click here to watch Charles Bukowski talk about Philadelphia.



     


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