In the movie The Shawshank Redemption, white Andy Dufresne (played by Tim Robbins) and black Ellis "Red" Redding (played by Morgan Freeman) are in the same prison.

I don't remember if it was said anytime in the movie, but Andy lived in Maine before his imprisonment, so it is very likely that Shawshank is located in Maine (state prison).

My question is, were prisons in Maine mixed race in 1947 (his year of imprisonment)?

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    The clincher for The Shawshank Redemption being set in Maine is that the movie is adapted from a Stephen King story.
    – Spencer
    Mar 17 '19 at 12:35
  • You may find that sometimes prisons segregated prisoners by race and sometimes they didn't. Tough question, I think. Mar 17 '19 at 13:02
  • @LarsBosteen do you mean that in Maine specifically or generally that there were segregated prisons in the US and there were non-segregated prisons?
    – Armin
    Mar 17 '19 at 13:42
  • Not Maine specifically, there seems to be very little on this state. Mar 17 '19 at 13:59

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