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Near Goochland in Goochland County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The 1936 Virginia Prison Recordings
 
The 1936 Virginia Prison Recordings Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bernard Fisher, April 26, 2009
1. The 1936 Virginia Prison Recordings Marker
 
Inscription. 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.
 
Erected 2005 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number SA 70.)
 
Location. 37° 38.896′ N, 77° 50.126′ W. Marker is near Goochland, Virginia, in Goochland County. Marker is at the intersection of River Road West (Virginia Route 6) and State Farm Road, on the right when traveling east on River Road West. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Maidens VA 23102, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. James Pleasants (approx. 1.8 miles away); Shiloh Baptist Church (approx. 2.7 miles away); Michaux Grant (approx. 2.9 miles away); Lee's Final Bivouac (approx. 3.3 miles away); Lee’s Last Bivouac (approx. 3.3 miles away); Lee's Last Camp (approx. 3.3 miles away); Goochland Courthouse (approx. 3.6 miles away); Monocan Indians Village of Pineville (Michaux) (approx. 3.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Goochland.
 
River Road West & State Farm Road (facing east). Photo, Click for full size
By Bernard Fisher, April 26, 2009
2. River Road West & State Farm Road (facing east).
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on April 27, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 841 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 27, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
 
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