maynor at CS.MSSTATE.EDU
Fri Jun 4 01:55:28 UTC 1999
> Last night I heard the term "parchment farm" for the first time. It
> was quoted from an old blues song from the 1950s or so, referring to a
> chain gang in Louisiana. Does anyone know where this term came from?
> Was there a Parchment, Louisiana near the prison? Any help would be
> greatly appreciated.
Almost certainly it was Mississippi, not Louisiana, and the reference
was to Parchman, the state penitentiary. It has been mentioned in
various blues songs.
--Natalie (maynor at ra.msstate.edu)
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