Prisoners in McAlister State Prison, Oklahoma - 7 October, 1915

from Ragged but right / Lynn Abbott, page 188:

Mr. Jos. C. Miller, the lion-hearted joint owner of this aggregation, carried several features of the show to the State prison there to entertain the prisoners and each number was roundly applauded. The music was by Prof. Baker's band. Jess Willard, the big champion, was presented amid cheers. Also cowboys and cow girls came in for great applause.

Our old plantation show was well received and we are well pleased to know we were able to shed a ray of sunshine in the lives of those poor fellows. When our band struck up the "Memphis Blues" it was a riot.

cite as

Lynn Abbott and Doug Seroff (ed.), Ragged but right / Lynn Abbott (Jackson, 2007), p. 188. accessed: 20 July, 2024

location of experience: McAlister State Prison, Oklahoma


Listening to

hide composers
Memphis Blues
written by W. C. Handy
performed by 101 Ranch band, L. K. Baker

Experience Information

Date/Time 7 October, 1915
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors


Response of prisoners to the Blues in Oklahoma.

Originally submitted by acusworth on Tue, 10 Nov 2015 13:37:25 +0000
Approved on Mon, 20 Nov 2017 17:27:11 +0000