Back in 1967, Johnny Cash put on quite a memorable performance inside Folsom County Prison which not only left an everlasting memory there, but was also recorded and shared with the world. Now, all of these years later the prison is paying tribute to Cash’s history making concert and recordings with a new statue in his likeness.

The 40-foot-tall statue Nicknamed “Man In Black” depicts Cash, covered with cutouts in the shape of flames. During sunset, the sky makes the statue appear as though his likeness is lit up with a fiery glow. Artist Gary Tillery of The Fine Art Studio of Rotblatt-Amrany was commissioned for sculpting of the statue.

The Johnny Cash Trail, still under construction, is a 2.5-mile path that will travel along the edge of the Folsom Prison property and will feature eight art pieces, including Tillery’s. He is hoping that the project is completed and ready for dedication sometime in 2018.


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