Editor's Note: The substation museum has closed.
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by MCJ graduate
German Valley, Illinois
May 26, 2005
I remember that one glass case had all the drug paraphernalia the officers confiscated from criminals. Another case had contraband taken from the convicts. And yet another case had interesting documents from the 1800s and 1900s. Some included documents on famous criminals like James Earl Ray (there was the extradition order for him for assassinating Martin Luther King, Jr.). But through others, especially the articles from the 1800s, you can witness the enslavement of black people. For instance, one article/police report stated that a black man was the property of a white man and that he was released to the custody of the white man after he had served some time for a small theft. It was very upsetting to read these types of things, but it is history that needs to be told and viewed so it will never be repeated.
I highly recommend this museum for families who have older children. With the guidance of their parent(s) or legal guardian, this museum will assist with their understanding of our true American history (the good and the bad concerning the criminal justice system and society in general back in the 1800s and part of the 1900s).
From journal All Shook Up Over Memphis, TN
St. Louis, Missouri
January 7, 2005
From journal Walkin' in Memphis with the Family