On August 22, 1952, France closed its penal colony on Devil’s Island. At first a leper colony, it had been transformed by the end of the 19th century into a prison tasked primarily with housing enemies of the French state. By: Redactor Singing Revolution Nat Turner Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website − = Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.