Registration is open for the Louisiana State Penitentiary Museum Foundation’s Biennial Louisiana Corrections Symposium set for 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 11 at the Louisiana State Penitentiary Receiving Center at Angola.

The symposium, “Angola Bound Revisited: Prison Music of Louisiana,” is an overview of the historical development of music by prison inmates and features 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 Harry Oster in the late 1950s, which includes blues men 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, editing the Oster collection; and Benjamin Harbert, of Georgetown University and 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 on display at the museum. It features newly discovered historical images and songs of prisoner performers and stories and images of Freddie Fender. Six hours of professional development or CLUs are available.

The symposium is free and open; however, registration is required. Box lunches will be available for a fee.

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