The 1936 Virginia Prison Recordings

The 1936 Virginia Prison Recordings (HMC1W)

Location: Maidens, VA 23102 Goochland County
Country: United States of America

N 37° 38.896', W 77° 50.126'

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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.
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HM NumberHMC1W
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Marker NumberSA 70
Year Placed2005
Placed ByDepartment of Historic Resources
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Date Added Monday, September 8th, 2014 at 12:26am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 249846 N 4170573
Decimal Degrees37.64826667, -77.83543333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 38.896', W 77° 50.126'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 38' 53.76" N, 77° 50' 7.56" W
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Area Code(s)804
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2100 River Rd W, Maidens VA 23102, US
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