Look Back: The 1954 riot at the Missouri State Penitentiary
Date: 9/15/2010 Album ID: 1076938
Photos by Post-Dispatch archive
On Sept. 22, 1954, two inmates lured a guard into their cell, jumped him and took his keys. This was the beginning of what would be the worst riot ever at the penitentiary. Four inmates were killed, thirty-four inmates were wounded and four guards were injured. The prison closed in 2004. It had been there since 1836.