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An Aristocrat Bootblack

By Betty Hoover DiRIsio, LCHS Volunteer “Judge” was a former black slave, born in Virginia. He came North sometime after his emancipation. He was at one time married, but later widowed, with no indication as to any children. He was a well known “aristocrat bootblack” in New Castle for many …

The Music of America: African-American Contribution

Jean Speight will present a time-line on the development of African-American music from 1600 to 1950, including: Sacred music folk spirituals, arranged spirituals, folk gospel, and gospel hymns Secular music work songs, field calls, protest songs, rural blues, ragtime, boogie-woogie, and more Old recordings According to Speight: “The power of song …

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