States of Incarceration

Sep 23, 2023- Jan 31, 2024

States of Incarceration is a national traveling multimedia exhibition that delves into the history of incarceration by focusing on human stories from over 30 different local communities across the U.S., including Charlotte, North Carolina.

The exhibition is the culmination of efforts by over 800 university students, faculty, formerly incarcerated individuals, and others deeply affected by incarceration. For its Charlotte debut, the exhibition features content created by history students and faculty at Johnson C. Smith University exploring links between foster care and incarceration for local youth.

Today, the United States incarcerates more of its citizens than any other country in the world. Together, the community stories in States of Incarceration are intended to foster new public dialogue on this critical and timely social issue.

Learn more about this traveling exhibition and the work of Humanities Action Lab by visiting their website.

Donate To Our Book Drive

As an initiative supporting this exhibition, we are participating in a book drive in partnership with the Prison Books Collective from Nov. 7 – Jan. 31, 2024.

We invite you to donate new or gently used paperback books to those incarcerated in North Carolina and Alabama. Your book donation will decrease the isolation of incarcerated people through learning and storytelling, give them a sense of connection to the world, and provide resources to those not often thought of. To learn more about the book drive and how you can participate, click here.

Exhibition Sponsors