An old power plant at Sing Sing that once supplied the juice for the electric chair nicknamed "Old Sparky," is being considered as the possible site for a museum dedicated to the infamous Ossining prison.
The Associated Press reports that supporters of the project think it would be a tourist attraction, bringing thousands to see artifacts including "Old Sparky," as well as a metal "head cage" used when prisoners were transported; a display of prisoners' hand-made weapons, and other prison-related items.
The Friends of the Sing Sing Historic Prison Museum created a 25-minute long video to explain the benefits of the proposed historical museum. The presentation covers details of the project location, why people will come to the museum, the proposed design concept, estimated costs and the economic benefits for the Village and the region.
The proposed design plan can be viewed by clicking here.
The maximum security prison gained infamy because many criminals who ended up at Sing Sing never came back. They included Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, who were executed in 1953 on espionage charges related to passing information about the atomic bomb to the Soviet Union.
The power plant where the museum may be housed is separated from the 1,600 inmates by a high wall and guard towers.
Plans for the new museum include a duplication of original cells and a gift shop.
Click here to read the full article on the Associated Press.