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Photographic Study Inside Famous Parchman Penitentiary Presented Sept. 4

BOONE–Kim Rushing, professor of art at Delta State University, will present “The Farm: A Photographic Study Inside Mississippi’s Parchman Penitentiary” Sept. 4 at Appalachian State University. The slide-illustrated talk will begin at 7 p.m. in room 370 Rankin Science Building.

The presentation is part of the Department of Geography and Planning’s Fall Speakers Series.

Parchman Penitentiary, a self-contained working prison, was called “destination doom” by William Faulkner. It’s the setting for John Grisham’s book, “The Chamber.” The work chants of the prison inmates are recalled in many blues songs and have been collected by the Library of Congress.

Rushing’s presentation helps illustrate an emerging field in geography — the sense of place.

During the late 1990s, he was granted special access to the prison, including cells and the prison’s execution chamber.

The public is invited to attend.