The Edward Livingston Historical Association met May 17 at the Main Branch of the Livingston Parish Library, where guest speaker Marianna Fisher-Giordano, a retired criminology professor and researcher for the Angola Prison Museum, discussed prison life for women.

Fisher-Giordano said there were women prisoners at Angola in 1880. “Voices of the Women” were later expressed in a Louisiana prison news magazine known as “The Angolite,” which debuted in 1953.

Camp D., the facility for women, consisted of three buildings and was located near the Mississippi River. This facility housed 60-100 women. They were later relocated to “The Willows” in 1956, which resembled a school dormitory.

Most of the women worked at the prison during the day, with jobs consisting of administrative duties, sewing, laundry, and the beauty shop. Profiles of some of these women were noted in “The Angolite.”

In 1961, women were moved to a facility in St. Gabriel that became known as “A Home of Their Own.”

The next meeting of the Edward Livingston Historical Association will be June 21 at the Main Branch of the Livingston Parish Library, located at 20390 Iowa Street in Livingston. Guest speaker will be Randy Harelson of New Roads, who will be discussing the topic “William Bartram Trail on the Amite River, Sept. 1775.”

Bartram was America’s first native-born naturalist artist and the first author in the modern genre of writers who portrayed nature through personal experience and scientific observation.

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