Learn about the lives of pardoned prisoners with new exhibit and lunchtime discussion

June 8, 2017

Events held in June at Cherokee National Prison Museum

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TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — Learn about the lives of pardoned prisoners from the Cherokee National Prison with a new exhibit beginning June 16.

“The Pardoned” exhibit, which runs through Jan. 1, discusses the pardoning process used in the Cherokee Nation and features stories about various prisoners and how their lives were affected by imprisonment and release.

In addition, a lunchtime discussion led by Dr. Julie Reed will be held on June 19 from noon – 1 p.m. Reed is a Cherokee Nation citizen and an assistant professor in the department of history at the University of Tennessee.

The lunchtime discussion is open to the public and free to attend. Guests are encouraged to bring a brown bag lunch. The museum will offer free admission throughout the day.

The Cherokee National Prison was the only penitentiary building in Indian Territory from 1875 to 1901. It housed sentenced and accused prisoners from throughout the territory. The interpretive site and museum give visitors an idea about how law and order operated in Indian Territory. The site features a working blacksmith area and reconstructed gallows, exhibits about famous prisoners and daring escapes, local outlaws and Cherokee patriots, jail cells and much more. The Cherokee National Prison Museum is located at 124 E. Choctaw St. in Tahlequah.

Cherokee Nation museums are open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For information on Cherokee Nation Cultural Tourism, including museum operations, please call (877) 779-6977 or visit www.VisitCherokeeNation.com.