African-American Sheet Music, 1850-1920


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    • 1865-1910

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The Development of an African-American Musical Theatre 1865-1910


Dan Lewis

Sam Lucas and the Hyers Sisters

In the years after the Civil War, African-American performers began to appear on the American popular stage in ever-greater numbers. In the 1870s, performers and composers such as Sam Lucas and Dan Lewis appeared in touring minstrel troupes composed of African American performers. Lucas is particularly noteworthy in that he was the first African-American actor to play Uncle Tom in Uncle Tom's Cabin. He also toured with the Hyers Sisters in the play Out of Bondage.


Cover of sheet music

descriptive record icon enlarge image icon "Moses cart dem melon down: song and chorus." Dan Lewis. 1880.