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Lightnin Washington, An African
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'Lightnin' Washington, an African American prisoner, in the prison hospital at Darrington State Farm, Texas. He was one of the prison musicians who continued the work song tradition of African slaves, while laboring in work gangs on the prison farm. His singing was recorded by ethnomusicologist Alan Lomax. 1934 photo by Lomax.
December 6th, 2011
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