Living on a wind-beaten, rough-hewn prison island in the middle of the san francisco bay has a way of bonding people, whether you’re on one side of the jail cell door or the other. hence the #alcatraz alumni association was created and reunions of former inhabitants were planned to strengthen that bond—and keep the stories from that period alive for future generations.
but as the clock ticks on—and the years turn into decades—the numbers of surviving guards, inmates, and families from the island’s penitentiary years continue to dwindle. with reunion attendance at all-time low, the last formal reunion on the island took place on august 12 with a dozen or so former residents, two guards, and one inmate.
pictured here are the former guards and the last remaining inmate who all were in attendance.
it was a joyful yet somber event as person after person talked about their loved ones and their connection to the island.
this is definitely not the last you’ve heard from this unique cohort of people, their voices will forever be immortalized on the alcatraz cellhouse audio tour.
read some of those tales from the reunion at parksconservancy.org/alcatrazstories. #parks4all