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Goree Christmas Pageant (1968)

KPRC-TV

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  •  One woman helps another apply a fake beard 
  •  Choral rehearsal 
  •  Nativity scene 
  •  KPRC newsman Jesse Brown gives an outro 
 
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This news segment for Houston’s KPRC-TV captures a dress rehearsal for a Christmas pageant performed by inmates of the Goree State Farm for Women. The actors first get into character through hair and makeup, with some even applying false beards. Following a choral performance, a group of women stage the nativity scene. Portions of the footage appear silent, and would have been voiced over by the anchorperson during a live broadcast. Goree operated as a women’s prison from its opening in 1911 until 1982, when it was converted into a men’s prison. It is now known as the Thomas Goree Unit.