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New Mexico inmates to sell artwork at old prison

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 31, 2014 at 11:43 am •  Published: January 31, 2014

"We know what caused the riot, and with your help, we can use Old Main to actually provide programming and opportunities that inmates in 1980 wanted," department spokesman Alex Tomlin wrote in a blog post promoting the Old Main Revitalization Project.

Officials said portions of the proceeds from sales of artworks and handcrafts will go to children of inmates, organizations that aid crime victims, and into inmate programs.

The planned museum follows a trend in "dark tourism" to transform the sites of tragic events and disasters. In New York City, the World Trade Center site saw an influx of visitors after the Sept. 11 attack and planners for the memorial site factored in that increased tourist traffic.


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