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Closed Portion Of Jackson Prison To Become Museum

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BLACKMAN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WLNS) - A portion of the former Southern Michigan Correctional Facility in the Jackson area is going to become a home for history.

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The Jackson Citizen Patriot and MLive report that the Ella Sharp Museum of Art and History is partnering with the Michigan Department of Corrections to create a prison museum within the 7 Block portion of the prison that closed in 2007.

Other correctional facilities are open in the Jackson area.

Corrections Director Dan Heyns formerly served as Jackson County sheriff and was a longtime member of the sheriff's department before taking his current job with the prison system in 2011. He says the facility is a "rich and important part of the city of Jackson's history."

Organizers hope to open the museum by the end of June.

Read more on the planned museum:
Letters from jail: Future Jackson prison museum seeking artifacts
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