Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Sign of Inhumanity

The perimeter of the prison stockade is marked with these white poles. The inner pole is the deadline. If prisoners were to move into the area between the stockade wall and the deadline they were shot on sight. No questions asked. The writings of one prisoner tells the story of a guard in the tower throwing a loaf of bread into the stockade. It landed between the wall and the deadline and another [starving] prisoner moved to retrieve the bread and was shot. The museum is full of stories of such events. 
In the background you can see one of the many memorials that stand on the property. This memorializes the Union solders from the state of Rhode Island. Farther back, you can  see the recreated stockade wall.
This is my contribution for this weeks signs, signs. Click the link to view more. 


Halcyon said...

Interesting. I don't think things have changed much. I still find some things about the US prison system barbaric.

Lowell said...

This kind of thing is not so far removed from what we do the good ol' US of A. Just read a story about unique torture at Guantanamo. Very discouraging. If you'd told me when I was growing up that our leaders would be defending the torture of our enemies I would not have believed you!

cieldequimper said...

Interesting. I just wish we did better nowadays...

La Principessa Errante said...

Sadly, Lowell is right - it is amazing how horrible man can be to his fellow man.