An oil painting of LBJ done by an inmate at the Texas Department of Corrections

[LBJ Library photo by Ruth Goerger]

This week's artifact is an oil painting (1973.10329.1) done by an inmate at the Texas Department of Corrections in 1971 and given to the LBJ Library in 1973.  The Huntsville prison provided art classes in the 1970s.

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Then & Now

Did You Know…

On March 9, 1966, in a Special Message to the Congress on Crime and Law Enforcement, President Johnson outlined "national strategy against crime" that included rehabilitating lives in federal prisons. "The war on crime will be waged by our children and our children's children," he said. "But the difficulty and complexity of the problem cannot be permitted to lead us to despair. They must lead us rather to bring greater efforts, greater ingenuity and greater determination to do battle." Read more here.

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