This Day in History in 1930: 320 Inmates Killed Ohio State Penitentiary Fire


On Apr 21, 1930, 320 inmates were killed in a fire at the Ohio State Penitentiary, some of whom burnt to death, locked in their cells. Read more: Prisoners Left to Burn in Ohio Fire The history and current reality of incarceration in the U.S. does not get enough attention in textbooks nor the media. Here are two resources for teaching outside the textbook: Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow¬†and the new graphic novel version of Race to Incarcerate from The New Press.