Which blues musician assumed the name Walter Boyd, after escaping from the Harrison County chain gang which he was sentenced to after being convicted of carrying a pistol?
Which Blues Musician Assumed The Name Walter Boyd After Escaping A Chain Gang?
Lead Belly was imprisoned multiple times beginning in 1915 when he was convicted of carrying a pistol and sentenced to time on the Harrison County chain gang. He later escaped and found work in nearby Bowie County under the assumed name of Walter Boyd. In January 1918, he was imprisoned after killing one of his relatives in a fight over a woman. During this second prison term, another inmate stabbed him in the neck leaving him with a fearsome scar he subsequently covered with a bandana. However in 1925 he was pardoned and released after writing a song to Governor Pat Morris Neff seeking his freedom. In 1930, Leadbelly was sentenced to prison again for attempted homicide and in 1939 Lead Belly served his final jail term for assault after stabbing a man in a fight in Manhattan.
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