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Captain’s son recalls bygone days of Perry’s state prison work camp


As the son of Perry state prison work camp Capt. Albert Johnson Sr., Albert Johnson Jr. was given a unique opportunity growing up—to witness the inner workings of the prison firsthand.

Today, Johnson can still take visitors out to the prison site (now home to the Division of Forestry here) and point out landmark remnants that remain.

PHOTO: Capt. Albert Johnson Sr. is pictured in front of his office at the state prison work camp once located where the Division of Forestry offices are today. Johnson’s son recalls how the grounds of the prison were well attended, including whitewashing the oak trees dotting the landscape.

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