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For enthusiasts of early banjo

In the spirit of this weekend's amazing effort at Appomattox Court House NHP to tell the WHOLE story of the banjo- I share my transcription of the only instance that I know of in which the black banjo player, or at least 1 of them, that taught Joel Sweeney banjo, is actually given a name. As a period piece of newspaper writing, it has its usual collection of language particular to the time period.

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Comment by Tom Berghan on September 13, 2017 at 2:47pm

Thank you!  Can you tell us the name and date of the newspaper?

Comment by D. Wooldridge on September 13, 2017 at 4:01pm

Tom, Unfortunately I cannot. This is a transcription of an old photostat copy WITHOUT a date or masthead that was collected by George Collins who spearheaded the effort to get a proper headstone installed for Joel Sweeney.

Judging from the context of the rest of the page, I am estimating the late1880s- mid 1890s.

Comment by D. Wooldridge on September 13, 2017 at 4:04pm


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