National Park Service restores Native American graffiti on Alcatraz

1975 image of the water tower with Native American graffiti on Alcatraz Island in San Francisco, Ca.

The old federal penitentiary on Alcatraz Island is at once, both one of the most iconic landmarks in California, and one of the most famous lockups in the world. 

Hosting more than one million visitors a year, tourists flock  to the tiny island to explore the old cell blocks and learn about the dark history of this forbidding island prison. But there’s a lesser known history of the island.

Back in 1969, a group of Native Americans occupied the island for two years. It’s a history written in graffiti that the National Park Service has been working to restore and preserve.


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