Heritage Lecture Series to Explore 1932 Kingston Penitentiary Riot

Published on: 2019/11/07 - in News

Cameron Willis from Canada’s Penitentiary Museum has been named the next speaker in the City’s Heritage Resource Centre (HRC) Lecture series that will be held at noon on Thursday, Nov. 21 at City Hall, 216 Ontario Street.

The talk will explore the October 1932 riot at Kingston Penitentiary, utilizing previously untapped archival materials that include interviews, letters and manifestos, with a focus on what the prisoners themselves thought about their incarceration and the causes of the riot.

“By exploring the complaints, criticisms, fears, hopes, dreams, and frustrations of the imprisoned, the talk will restore their demands and goals to a central place in understanding this watershed event in Canadian history,” according to a release.

The event is free and light refreshments will be provided. Members of the community interested in attending are invited to RSVP via this Eventbrite page.

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