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PHOTO: Fannin StreetFannin Street in downtown Shreveport, Louisiana, was the center of activity in the tenderloin district known as St. Paul's Bottoms. Legendary bluesman Leadbelly was a frequent performer along Fannin Street in the early years of the twentieth century. Although most of the saloons and houses of ill repute on Fannin Street are now closed, shotgun houses like the ones pictured here remain from the wild St. Paul's Bottoms days.
PHOTO: Angola PrisonNotorious Angola Prison is located at the end of Louisiana State Road 66. The state bought the antebellum plantation property because it occupied a bend in the Mississippi River. Prisoners trying to escape often drowned in the river's treacherous waters. Bluesman Robert Pete Williams served time at Angola, but the prison's most famous inmate was Leadbelly. John and Alan Lomax, recording folk songs for the Library of Congress, recorded Leadbelly (among others) here for the first time.
PHOTO: Angola Prison MuseumLocated outside of the prison gates, Angola's Prison Museum features artifacts and exhibits on prison life, jail breaks, and executions. The museum has a small exhibit dedicated to their most famous prisoner, Huddie "Leadbelly" Ledbetter.

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