Special Collections

Shaver's Singers
March 27, 2019
Broadside advertisement
from the Batesville Printing
Company Records
(MS 00204)

A broadside for the performance of a traveling minstrel show, advertising “an evening of singing, dancing, wrestling & jokes,” caught the attention of a student in the Special Collections Reading Room this past week. He pointed out that the locale of the performance, in the town of Crozet, Virginia, is fairly close to us here in Williamsburg. The history of African-American music comes ever closer to home when one examines the materials in Special Collections that reflect a pattern of...

Feb 2019

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