Alcatraz the Rock
Out in the middle of the San Francisco Bay, the island of Alcatraz is a world unto itself. Isolation, one of the constants of island life for any inhabitant - soldier, guard, prisoner, Indian, bird or plant - is a recurrent theme in the unfolding history of Alcatraz.
Alcatraz Island is one of Golden Gate National Recreation Area's most popular destinations, offering a close-up look at a historic and infamous federal prison long off-limits to the public. Visitors to the island cannot only explore the remnants of the prison, but can also learn about the Indian occupation of 1969 - 1971, early military fortifications (the first U.S. fort on the coast), and the West Coast's first (and oldest operating) lighthouirse. These structures and the island's many natural features - gardens, tide pools, bd colonies, and bay views beyond compare - are being preserved by the National Park Service which is working to make it accessible to visitors, preserve its buildings, protect its birds and other wildlife, and interpret its history.
Museum Collections at The Rock: Alcatraz Island
This exhibit features the extensive
collections from Alcatraz Island, also known
as "The Rock."
Collections include objects made by notorious inmates, historic photographs and documents, escape materials and inmate artwork; items used by officers including correctional materials when Alcatraz was a federal penitentiary from 1934-1963; military prison period materials from 1859-1934; and the American Indian occupation of 1969 -1971.
Multi-media features give you a virtual tour of the prison, slide shows, sound clips, and close-ups of infamous prisoners such as Al Capone and Robert Stroud, the "Birdman of Alcatraz." For more information on the Museum Collections at The Rock: Alcatraz Island visit the exhibit website at http://www.cr.nps.gov/museum/exhibits/alca/overview.html.
Prisoners of Age Photgraphy Exhibit on Alcatraz Island
This summer Alcatraz hosts the award winning Prisoners of Age exhibit by Canadian photographer Ron Lavine. This powerful exhibit featuring interviews and photographs of inmates from Canada and the United States and encourages viewers to consider the human dimension of doing time while growing old in prison. The exhibit, in the Alcatraz cellhouse basement, will run through September 2005. There is no separate charge for the exhibit. For more information on the Prisoners of Age exhibit visit the exhibit website at http://www.prisonersofage.com. Sausalito Cam
The occupation of Alcatraz Island by Indians of All Tribes changed the course of U.S. and American Indian history. An award winning video/exhibit, WE HOLD THE ROCK, produced by the National Park Service and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy shows daily on Alcatraz Island. The following links will take you to additional sites related to Alcatraz and the occupation by Indians of All Tribes.
Professor Troy Johnson maintains a website on American Indian studies, including an extensive collection of photographs by Ilka Harman taken during the 19 month occupation of Alcatraz Island. Dr. Johnson has written extensively on the Occupation of Alcatraz Island, including this article on our website.The complete text of "THE ALCATRAZ PROCLAMATION to the Great White Father and his People" by Indians of All Tribes is online as part of the THE FOURTH WORLD DOCUMENTATION PROJECT.
In 1895 nineteen Hopi were incarcerated on Alcatraz Island by the US Army for their resistance to government policies designed to destroy their religion and language. The National Park Service - Alcatraz Island, co-hosts a website with the Hopi Tribe Cultural Preservation Office with several articles and photographs of this event in Hopi and Alcatraz history.
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Click on the buttons at the top of the page for specific sections of the Alcatraz web site. Click on the photo of the island for special features.
The buttons (below
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Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GOGA) home page, or the
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A collection of unique photographs which historically document the 1969-1971 occupation of Alcatraz Island by Indians of All Tribes, Inc. These rare photographs were contributed by Ilka Hartmann, Michelle Vignes, and the National Park Service in order that students and researchers may have access to information that will provide insight into the occupation and those who were instrumental in the early activities of Indian protest and unified political activities by American Indian people
Photo Collection Set 1
Photo Collection Set 2
Photo Collection Set 3
Escape from Alcatraz (1979)
This exhibit features the extensive collections
from Alcatraz Island, also known as "The Rock."
4 out of 5 people found the following comment
I guess everybody must have heard of this movie
before. If not, than they must certainly have heard of the story that has
served as the basis for it. This movie is the dramatization of what probably
the only successful attempt was to escape from the prison island called
Alcatraz. This prison was thought to be the safest ever, but as some inmates
proved: there is absolutely no prison in the world you can't escape from!
This is one of those classic movies that I can watch time after time and
never get bored by it. I love the sense of detail and accuracy, the
excellent performances by the actors, the story, the feeling that you are
inside that prison as well... You know these people are criminals, but you
can't help it to support them, hoping that they will make it on their way
out of there, outsmarting all the guards and the prison warden.
Alcatraz Island (37°49′35″N, 122°25′21″W) is located in the middle of San Francisco Bay in California. It was formerly used as a military stockade and later as a maximum security prison. Today, the island is a historic site supervised by the National Park Service as part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and is open to tours. Visitors can reach the island by ferry ride from Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco. It is listed as a National Historic Landmark. Its name comes from the Spanish (and originally Arabic) word for the gannet, a kind of seabird. It was first discovered by Juan Manuel de Ayala.
It is home to the now abandoned prison, the oldest operating lighthouse on the West Coast of the United States, early military fortifications, and natural features such as rock pools, a seabird colony, and unique views of the coastline.