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NY reviewing Attica riot artifacts

Associated Press Updated: May 21, 2014 at 3:01 pm

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York officials are reviewing more than 2,000 artifacts collected after the 1971 Attica prison riot for possible inclusion in the State Museum collection or return to survivors and their families.

Museum director Mark Schaming says "remarkable and historic" artifacts arrived in boxes and barrels in 2010 from State Police storage and a detailed inventory is underway.

Items range from bloody clothing to letters and makeshift weapons.

If they find something that belonged to an individual, a guard or inmate, Schaming says they will try to make contact and see about returning it.

Other items, once processed, will be added to the collection.

Schaming hopes to mount a future exhibit, which usually takes about two years of planning, with objects researched and interviews done with people who were there.

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