Behind 'The Walls': Event kicks off third season of MSP tours

The Jefferson City Convention and Visitors Bureau hosted a ribbon-cutting and prison tour kickoff Tuesday morning at A-Hall on the grounds of the former Missouri State Penitentiary. Visitors milled about the first floor of the building and were able to inspect cells.

The Jefferson City Convention and Visitors Bureau hosted a ribbon-cutting and prison tour kickoff Tuesday morning at A-Hall on the grounds of the former Missouri State Penitentiary. Visitors milled about the first floor of the building and were able to inspect cells. Photo by Julie Smith.

The long-awaited sunshine poured through the three-story window at the end of A Hall’s long, dreary corridor.

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Mark Schreiber used a pair of scissors found at the prison to cut the ribbon at the prison tour kickoff Tuesday morning.

Outside Tuesday, nearly 100 community members admired the oldest-standing building at the decommissioned Missouri State Penitentiary (MSP) in Jefferson City as the wind howled around its stone corners.

Most of those who attended the kickoff reception of the Hard Hat Tours had not been inside “The Walls” before.

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Dottie Dallmeyer and her students from the Mulberry Acres Montessori school came for the ribbon-cutting and kickoff at the prison for a firsthand look and historical perspective. The students are (from back left) Kendall Stennis, Anna O’Brien, Max Howren and Amari Goodman.

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