Knox College

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Old Jail


Jail? Yes, that's right, Knox College is possibly one of the only colleges in the country with a jail block on campus.

It may have been built to house criminals, but today the historic former Knox County Jail -- built in 1874, and now known as simply "the old jail" -- houses our Center for Global Studies, the facility that brings well-known speakers to campus and helps prepare students for studying abroad. The historic building also houses faculty offices, a seminar room, and the Underground Railroad Freedom Center.

The renovated jail also is used for other academic purposes -- like talking about ghosts. One psychology course used the original three-tiered cellblock as a setting for a class discussion on belief in the paranormal.