Parchment farm?

Bonnie Osborn Briggs BBriggs at LATTE.MEMPHIS.EDU
Fri Jun 4 14:07:25 UTC 1999

I know that Parchment is a notorious prison in Mississippi - the term
could have originated there.

Bonnie Briggs
The University of Memphis

Johanna N Franklin wrote:
>     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
> imaginary?"

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