Incorrigibles - Bearing Witness to the Incarcerated Girls of New York
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For Women's History month, the Municipal Archives has opened an exhibit at 31 Chambers Street featuring images and information about “incorrigible” girls confined in the New York State Training School for Girls (1904–1975) in Hudson, NY. The exhibition includes multiple media, large-scale photographs, video, audio, and embroidery to investigate this long and fraught history.
Girls have long been criminalized for “incorrigible” or “defiant” behaviors—running away, fighting at home, or staying out late. These actions are often triggered by underlying problems, including physical or sexual abuse, commercial sexual exploitation and survival sex, and neglect.
As the country engages in a national dialogue around racism, sexism, and misogyny—and the convergence of these harsh realities in the lives of girls of color and LGBT/GNC youth—we must review with new urgency why girls were—and are—being pushed into the justice system.
The exhibit is part of an overall project that records and shares accounts of women alive today who were in the Training School. The records of confinement reveal the roots of today’s policies on juvenile justice and pose larger questions about society’s treatment of young women.
### The “Incorrigibles” exhibit will be open through April 2020. It is located in an alcove off the lobby of the Surrogate’s Court building, 31 Chambers Street. It can be viewed during the building opening hours—Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Thursdays to 6 p.m.).
It is also open from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the following Saturdays: March 14 and March 28
Venue: NYC Municipal Archives
31 Chambers Street
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