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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 image. 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.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansArts, Letters, MusicCommunicationsEntertainment. In addition, it is included in the Virginia Department of Historic Resources series list. A significant historical date for this entry is June 14, 1936.
 
Location.
River Road West & State Farm Road (facing east). image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, April 26, 2009
2. River Road West & State Farm Road (facing east).
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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. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Maidens VA 23102, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
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); First Union School (approx. 2.3 miles away); Shiloh Baptist Church (approx. 2.7 miles away); Michaux Grant (approx. 2.9 miles away); Maidens, Virginia (approx. 3 miles away); Early Transportation on the James River (approx. 3.1 miles away); Maidens Adventure Hotel (approx. 3.2 miles away); Lee's Final Bivouac (approx. 3.3 miles away).
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 25, 2020. It was originally submitted on April 27, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,776 times since then and 51 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 27, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.

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