A Johnny Cash Exhibit is Visiting Eastern Iowa Right Now
If you're a fan of legendary country singer Johnny Cash, you may want to head down to West Branch sometime within the next few weeks! The traveling exhibit 1968: A Folsom Redemption is currently on display at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum.
According to the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum website, 1968: A Folsom Redemption is a 50th anniversary celebration of Johnny Cash's first performance at Folsom Prison in California. The site describes the exhibit as "a collection of photographs and memories of two journalists lucky enough to be among a handful of witnesses to the historic Johnny Cash concerts at Folsom Prison."
Back on on January 13th of 1968, Johnny Cash and opening acts Carl Perkins and the Statler Brothers performed a couple of shows in the Folsom Prison dining hall. The iconic performances were documented with the album At Folsom Prison, which was released to the public just a few months later on May 6th. Wikipedia reports that the album reached number one on the country charts and was in the top 15 on the national album chart. It was a pivotal moment in Johnny's career.
1968: A Folsom Redemption features 31 photographs and stories from photographer Dan Poush and writer Gene Beley and is on display now until March 19th, 2023. The museum is located at 210 Parkside Dr. in West Branch and is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $10 for ages 16 to 61, $5 for ages 62+, college students, and veterans, and $3 for ages 6 to 15. You can purchase your tickets online HERE.
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