Parchman Farms Historical Marker: Mississippi Blues Trail
Sign outside of the facility
Guard Tower between the two fences that keep the inmates from being able to escape
Backstory and Context
In association with the Mississippi Blues Trail, some of the most popular songs by local Mississippi blues performers were written and recorded inside of the Mississippi State Penitentiary facility. The mistreatment that these prisoners endured is often the subject of lyrics. With the help of local folk music enthusiasts, some prisoners were able to record their music, making this prison an epicenter of blues history in Mississippi.