Angola Bound Revisited: Prison Music of Louisiana

The Louisiana State Penitentiary Museum Foundation is pleased to announce the Biennial Louisiana Corrections Symposium, which will be held at the Louisiana State Penitentiary Receiving Center on June 10, 2016 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Angola Bound Revisited: Prison Music of Louisiana is an overview of the historical development of music by prison inmates and features live performances by guest musician, Charles Neville, several Angola Bands and the Final Mission Band from Dixon Correctional Center.

Panel discussions will focus on Leadbelly’s experiences at Angola during the 1930s and music collected at Angola by Dr. Harry Oster in the late 1950s which includes bluesmen, Robert Pete Williams, and Hogman Maxey. Panel participants include current and former prison musicians. Charles Neville of New Orleans’ Neville Brothers, Adam Machado of Arhoolie Records (currently editing the Oster collection), and Dr. Benjamin Harbert, Georgetown University, Director of Follow Me Down (a film about music from three Louisiana prisons) will participate.

In addition to the symposium a prison music exhibit will be displayed at the museum and features newly discovered historical images and songs of prisoner performers and stories and images of Freddie Fender. Teachers of history, music, sociology, criminal justice, criminology and social studies particularly, are encouraged to attend. Six hours of professional development or CLUs are available.


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Title:   The 1922 Flood, Angola
Courtesy of The Patsy M. Hardouin Collection, Angola Museum