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Ossining's Sing Sing Power Plant May Become Prison Museum

A power plant at Sing Sing which supplied the juice for "Old Sparky," the prison's electric chair, may become a museum dedicated to the history of the infamous New York prison.

Sing Sing's infamous electric chair nicknamed "Old Sparky." The power plant that used to power the chair may become a historical museum. Photo contributed.
Sing Sing's infamous electric chair nicknamed "Old Sparky." The power plant that used to power the chair may become a historical museum. Photo contributed.

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. 

In total, 614 men and women were executed using "Old Sparky." The last prisoner to be executed in the electric chair was Eddie Lee Mays who was convicted of murder and executed on August 15, 1963.

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.

sara brewster June 28, 2014 at 09:46 PM
We've heard about this before and it is totally creepy. Not what Ossining needs just as it is going through a true renaissance with new housing and the reclaimed waterfront. Sara
Timothy Judge June 29, 2014 at 10:09 PM
"The Friends of the Sing Sing Historic Prison Museum created a 25-minute long to explain the benefits of the proposed historical museum." This is not a sentence and should receive a failing grade. The Patch continues to deliver less news, and what news the Patch does report is done poorly.
Wendy Mitchell June 29, 2014 at 10:46 PM
The article has been edited to reflect the correction.

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