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Title: Recollections of Jefferson Davis' slaves band and dances; settlement and bands in Mound Bayou

Subject: George Johnson Jr.

Recording Date: 9/2/1941

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Genre: oral history

Instrument: vocal

City: Mound Bayou

State: Mississippi


Editor Notes:

Story by Unidentified man (named, in some capacity, after Jefferson Davis) concerning the 14-piece brass band that Jeff Davis organized originally for his slaves, of which the speaker was a member till 1884. Discusses the repertoire and some of the dances (ring plays; quadrilles). He also discusses his resettlement and bands in Mound Bayou. Interview ends with a discussion of diminishing African American presence in the town.

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