Jesus painting discovered in Pierre’s old city jail

It has been at least 40 years since anyone has seen this Praying Jesus painting, done on a cell...
It has been at least 40 years since anyone has seen this Praying Jesus painting, done on a cell wall in the old Pierre city jail. (photos by former Pierre police chief and Hughes County Commissioner Bill Abernathy)(Hughes County Sheriff's Office)
Published: Nov. 22, 2022 at 10:08 AM MST
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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA) - You never know what you will find in old buildings when you peel back the layers of time.

Recently, a demolition crew got a surprise when tearing down the old Pierre jail. They discovered a “Praying Jesus” painting in what was at one time a jail cell.

According to a social media post by the Hughes County Sheriff’s Office, the painting was hidden behind sheetrock when the jail was closed (1974-1975) and turned into offices. The painting was done by an inmate serving time in the jail; but it is unknown who that incarcerated artist was.

Former Pierre police chief and Hughes County Commissioner Bill Abernathy shot the photos.