Attica riot artifacts to be displayed

Attica artifacts being reviewed for display


New York officials are reviewing more than 2,000 artifacts collected after the 1971 Attica prison riot for possible inclusion in the State Museum collection or return to survivors and their families.
Museum director Mark Schaming says “remarkable and historic” artifacts arrived in boxes and barrels in 2010 from State Police storage and a detailed inventory is underway.
Items range from bloody clothing to letters and makeshift weapons.
If they find something that belonged to an individual, a guard or inmate, Schaming says they will try to make contact and see about returning it.
Other items, once processed, will be added to the collection.
Schaming hopes to mount a future exhibit, which usually takes about two years of planning, with objects researched and interviews done with people who were there. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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