Memorial Trays are reclaimed cafeteria trays with individualized tags commemorating the incarceration of anti-war activists, newspaper editors, and union workers during World War I.
During the First World War tens of thousands of Americans and foreign nationals were charged under the Selective Service Act, Espionage Act, and the Sedition Act. Thousands of these individuals were convicted and served their sentences at Leavenworth Penitentiary, the US Disciplinary Barracks, USP Atlanta, and McNeil Island Federal Penitentiary. Those who were still serving sentences by 1923 were pardoned by President Warren J. Harding.
Each tray is individually crated and shipped to the Federal Prison at Leavenworth in honor of these champions of free speech at the location of their imprisonment.