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Prison Prisms: Reflections on Prison History and Criminal Justice Reform in NYS through the Lens of Auburn, Attica, and Sing Sing

Friday, September 8, 2023

12 - 1:30 PM EST

These three prisons recently embarked on explorations of their complicated narratives using the exhibition format. These exhibitions include uncovering difficult and often disturbing stories as viewed from those both on the outside and the inside. This panel includes leaders across the field, formerly incarcerated people, as well as those engaged in monitoring and reporting on the NYS correctional systems, and will take a deep dive into this often hidden world.


Jeff Ludwig

Director of Education

Seward House Museum

Felicia A. Henry

Director of Research and Policy

Correctional Association of New York

Aaron Noble

Senior Historian and Curator

New York State Museum

Nicole Hamilton

Collections Manager

Sing Sing Prison Museum

Jeff Ludwig has been the Director of Education at the Seward House Museum in Auburn since 2015. Previously, Jeff worked for the Office of the Rochester City Historian and taught history at SUNY Geneseo. He holds a PhD in History from the University of Rochester.

Felicia A. Henry is the Director of Research and Policy at the Correctional Association of New York (CANY) Felicia is also a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice at the University of Delaware and focuses on the carceral state and the social dimensions of disasters and the environment.

Aaron Noble is senior historian and curator for political, governmental, and military history at the New York State Museum, including collections from several state correctional facilities. Noble is co-curator of "Open Wounds: The Fifty-Year Legacy of the Attica Prison Uprising" traveling exhibition by the State Museum in 2021.

Nicole Hamilton is a  Senior Associate at Brent D. Glass LLC.  She also serves as Collections Manager for the Sing Sing Prison Museum. She works closely with clients in developing strategic plans, grant writing, reviewing collections policies, and recruiting diverse executive leadership. Ms. Hamilton has written about the impact of deaccessioning on executive recruitment and presented on collections ethics. She holds a master's degree in Museum Studies from George Washington University, and a bachelor's degree in History from Carleton College. 

Tyrrell Muhammad

Senior Advocate

Alliance of Families for Justice

Tyrrell Muhammad, currently works as a Senior Advocate for the Alliance of Families for Justice. He previously was the Senior Advocate at the Correctional Association of New York, the state’s only independent prison oversight entity, for over 10 years where he contributed to all aspects of the organization’s prison monitoring and reporting and served as an essential spokesperson and advocate for incarcerated people across New York. Muhammad earned his GED at the Attica Correctional Facility in 1982, his Bachelor of Arts from Syracuse University in 1988, and his Master’s Degree from the New York Theological Seminary in 2004, all while serving 26 years and 11 months of a 20 years to life prison sentence in the New York State prison system.


MANY is committed to making our virtual programs as accessible as possible. All virtual programs will have ASL interpretation provided by Interpretek.

Virtual programs are made possible by the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation.

The Museum Association of New York helps shape a better future for museums and museum professionals by uplifting best practices and building organizational capacity through advocacy, training, and networking opportunities.

Museum Association of New York is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization. 

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