New Exhibit on Nicole Brown Simpson Highlights Domestic Violence

Murdered 25 years ago this June, Nicole Brown Simpson would have celebrated her 60th birthday on May 19, 2019. In her memory, Alcatraz East Crime Museum is turning the focus on domestic violence, offering a temporary exhibit dedicated to who Nicole Brown Simpson. The exhibit will open on May 17, 2019 and will run for three months.

“Domestic violence is a major problem that doesn’t get the attention it should,” explains Rachael Penman, director of artifacts and exhibits at the museum. “We wanted to turn the focus back on Nicole’s story, and how devastating domestic violence can be, as well as celebrate the special person she was to so many.”

Did You Know…

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), reports that 1 in every 4 women, experience severe intimate partner physical violence. This is also true for  1 in every 9 men. Also, they report that on a typical day there are more than 20,000 calls around the country that are placed to domestic violence hotlines.

On Display

“Passion for Life: Nicole Brown Simpson”


This will honor Nicole and help raise awareness about the warning signs of domestic violence. Some of the artifacts in the exhibit that belonged to Nicole include:

• A place setting of her china, reflecting her love of entertaining.

• Favorite pieces of clothing and Chanel jewelry.

• A handwritten poem that was read at her funeral by her sister Tanya.

• Photos from the Brown family, going back to Nicole’s childhood.

• The exhibit will also feature the original song and music video “I Remember Nicole” by Emmy Award winner Renee Sotile and Mary Jo Godges. Working as a video-journalist, Renee covered the trial of Nicole’s ex-husband O.J. Simpson. Renee never forgot the impact Nicole’s death made on her. Renee and Mary Jo wanted to find a way for the world to remember Nicole’s story and all women who suffer from domestic abuse.

More To See

Additionally, the museum is always adding to its collection and has a star-studded panel of experts who make up the Advisory Board. This includes those in law enforcement, collectors, a medical examiner, crime scene investigators, and others. The board has Jim Willett, a retired prison warden, Anthony Rivera, a combat veteran and Navy SEAL chief, and Judge Belvin Perry, Jr., who is best known for the Casey Anthony trial.

About Alcatraz East

Alcatraz East is the most arresting crime museum in the United States. Additionally, guests can see a unique journey into the history of American crime, crime solving, and our justice system. Also, through interactive exhibits and original artifacts, Alcatraz East is an entertaining and educational experience for all ages. The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Address: 2757 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN.

General Admission Adults: $24.95

General Admission Children: $14.95

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