december, 2021

01dec7:00 pm8:00 pmBlack Musicians in our CollectionsMember Event

Event Details

Wednesday, December 1, 2021, 7pm

Featuring Sarah Weatherwax

A Library Company Virtual Collection Review

Although Black professional musicians such as Philadelphia bandleader Francis Johnson, vocalist Elizabeth Taylor Greenfield, and composer James Reese Europe had a significant impact on American music, their contributions are not widely known today. Join Sarah Weatherwax, Senior Curator of Graphic Arts and curator of the Library Company’s 1997 exhibition, A Noteworthy City: Music in Philadelphia, 1750-1915, as she shares the stories of professional and amateur Black musicians as seen through the Library Company’s collection of sheet music, broadsides, books, graphics, and ephemera.


Image: Treble Clef String Orchestra. Philadelphia: Sullivan Studio. Gelatin silver photograph, ca. 1910. Stevens-Cogdell/ Sanders-Venning Collection. Gift of descendants Cordelia H. Brown, Lillie V. Dickerson, Mary Hinkson Jackson, and Georgine E. Willis in honor of Phil Lapsansky. 



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