‘Starkville City Jail’ by Johnny Cash

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Country music legend Johnny Cash was arrested for public drunkenness in Starkville and held overnight at the Oktibbeha County Jail on May 11, 1965. His arrest was the inspiration for Starkville City Jail. The song appears on the album At San Quentin. In 2007, more than 40 years after his arrest and four years after his death, the City of Starkville pardoned the late country music legend and held a three-day Johnny Cash Flower Pickin’ Festival in his honor. At the time of his arrest, Cash claimed he was just picking flowers.


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