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Cake Walk October 13 1899

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Title

Cake Walk October 13 1899

Subject

New Market (Va)
Blackface entertainers
Minstrel shows
Shirley, W.C.
New Market Fire Company (Va)

Description

Photograph showing a group of black face entertainers. The photograph is labeled "Cake Walk October 13th 1899 Benefit New Market Fire Co."

The Cake Walk was a popular minstrel performance at the time that ridiculed an African American dance of the same name which dated to before the Civil War and which was designed to make fun of the mannerisms of their owners.

The man holding the violin in the foreground is W.C. Shirley, director of the event's orchestra. The other individuals are unidentified.

Creator

Unknown

Source

Box 2, Garber Shenandoah County Collection: Brumback, Shirley, Miller and Tidler Families, Truban Archives, Shenandoah County Library, Edinburg, Virginia.

Publisher

Shenandoah County Library

Date

October 13 1899

Rights

Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial (CC-BY-NC)

Relation

Information about the Cake Walk minstrel show is obtained from the Smithsonian Institute and can be found at http://americanhistory.si.edu/blog/who-takes-cake-history-cakewalk

Identifier

19-0131-001

Still Image Item Type Metadata

Original Format

Photographic print

Physical Dimensions

8x10 inches

Citation

Unknown, “Cake Walk October 13 1899,” Shenandoah County Library Archives, accessed April 22, 2019, http://archives.countylib.org/items/show/12363.

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