Parchment farm?

Johanna N Franklin johannaf+ at ANDREW.CMU.EDU
Fri Jun 4 01:27:13 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.

    Johanna Franklin

"If a mathematician wrote a fantasy novel, would the page numbers be

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