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Angola pressing homemade cane syrup

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ANGOLA - There's something sweet in the works at the Louisiana State Penitentiary.

Angola prisoners are once again making homemade cane syrup from prison grown sugar cane, a practice started in the early 1900s but abandoned decades ago.

The process uses a mule and an old-fashioned cane press to squeeze the juice out and then boil it down in an authentic sugar kettle.

"It's really important to do the historical things of the past so that we don't forget them, and that's the most important thing of all," said Warden Burl Cain.

The prison will sell the cane syrup at Angola's museum gift shop near the entrance to the prison.

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