Pardon Johnny Cash Flower Pickin' Festival

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Country and Region United StatesMississippi
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival Starkville, Mississippi, USA
Festival Contact Information

Pardon Johnny Cash Flower Pickin Festival
P. O. Box 6284
Mississippi State, MS 39762
Toll-Free: 1-866-978-7704

Festival Description

The 2010 edition was cancelled. Johnny Cash was arrested in Starkville, Miss., on May 11, 1965, for public drunkeness. He wrote the song, “Starkville City Jail,” and performed it at San Quentin State Prison on February 24, 1969. Cash played at Mississippi State University again in 1970 and gave many officers involved with his arrest front row tickets to the performance. It’s about time the community formally appreciated the depth and humanity of the Man in Black. We recommend the city of Starkville issue a posthumous pardon to Cash. The pardon doesn’t suggest anyone condoned Cash’s behavior. It symbolically recognizes Cash an imperfect human who made mistakes but gained insight and wisdom by learning from his indiscretions. It’s not about Johnny Cash getting arrested; it’s about what his life symbolized to so many people—that no matter what happens in life you can redeem yourself.

Admission to the event will be free, with a suggested donation of $10 to benefit a local Boys and Girls Club and the Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum.

Festival Dates October 2011 (TBC)
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  • Man in Black’s Daughter to Headline October Mississippi Johnny Cash Flower Pickin’ Festival (PR Newswire, July 12, 2008),501696.shtml


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