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The 1936 Virginia Prison Recordings SA-70 | Marker History

The 1936 Virginia Prison Recordings Marker, SA-70

In 1936 famed folklorist John A. Lomax visited the Virginia State Prison Farm here and at the Virginia State Penitentiary in Richmond. Working for the Library of Congress's Archive of Folk Song, Lomax canvassed southern prisons in search of traditional African American music. On 13 and 14 June 1936, Lomax, assisted by Harold Spivacke, recorded quartets, banjo tunes, work songs, spirituals, and blues at the State Farm. Among the notable performers were inmates Jimmie Strother and Joe Lee. The Library of Congress first released songs from the sessions in the 1940s and they have appeared on many recordings since. These sessions are among the earliest aural records of Virginia's black folk-song tradition.

Marker Information:
Date Approved by DHR: 06/01/05
Year On Marker: 2005
Original Sponsor: Private Sponsor
Region: Richmond Region
Geographic Location: Goochland County
Physical Description of Location: Located on River Road West (Rt. 6), 0.6 miles west of the intersection of River Road West (Rt. 6) and State Route 645. Marker is on the left when traveling west on River Road West (Rt. 6).
GPS Location: 37.64826539,-77.8354328570
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