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Moyamensing Prison

 
 
Moyamensing Prison Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, May 16, 2015
1. Moyamensing Prison Marker
Inscription. Opened in 1835, Thomas U. Walter designed it with elements of Egyptian Revival style and following the revolutionary principle of isolated confinement. With later additions, it could house nearly 5000 inmates - African Americans and women in separate wings. H. H. Holmes, considered Americas first serial killer, was executed here. The last hanging in Pa. took place here in 1916, soon replaced by electrocution. Closed in 1963, it was razed in 1968.
 
Erected 2011 by Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission.
 
Location. 39° 55.912′ N, 75° 9.667′ W. Marker is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia County. Marker is on S. 10 Street. Touch for map. The marker is at the corner of Passyunk Square at Reed Street. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1400 S 10th Street, Philadelphia PA 19147, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. "Pat's King of Steaks" (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Police Department Philadelphia (approx. 0.2 miles away); Federal Street Burial Ground (approx. 0.2 miles away); Frank Gasparro (approx. half a mile away); "The Italian Market"
Moyamensing Prison Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, May 16, 2015
2. Moyamensing Prison Marker
(approx. half a mile away); Mount Moriah Temple Baptist Church (approx. half a mile away); St. Mary Magdalen de Pazzi Parish (approx. half a mile away); Christian Street Hospital (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Philadelphia.
 
Also see . . .  Engraving of Moyamensing Prison - Wikipedia. (Submitted on May 21, 2015, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
1838 engraving (by J. C. Wild) of the Moyamensing Prison. image. Click for full size.
By Public Domain US-PD, 1838
3. 1838 engraving (by J. C. Wild) of the Moyamensing Prison.
Former location of the prison is now occupied by an Acme Market grocery store.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 11, 2017. This page originally submitted on May 20, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 232 times since then and 84 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 20, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234.   3. submitted on January 10, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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