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Composed by:
Bert Williams, American, 1874 - 1922  Search this
George Walker, American, 1873 - 1911  Search this
Produced by:
Hurtig & Seamon, American  Search this
Printed by:
San Francisco Examiner, American, founded 1863, American, founded 1863  Search this
Owned by:
Mary Elizabeth Sugg, American, 1839 - 1915  Search this
Vernon Sugg McDonald, American, 1906 - 1982  Search this
ink on paper
H x W: 14 × 10 5/8 in. (35.6 × 27 cm)
sheet music
Place collected:
Sugg McDonald House, Sonora, Tuolumne County, California, United States, North and Central America
Place printed:
San Francisco, California, United States, North and Central America
Sheet music for The VoodDoo Man with red, green, brown, and black ink on paper. The front cover features two black and white photographs. Each photograph features an unidentified man, mouth agape, wearing a boater hat. The cover text reads: [The VooDoo Man / WILLIAMS & WALKER'S / GREAT SUCCESS / Published by Permission / of Hurtig & Seamon / owners of the Copyright / MUSIC SUPPLEMENT OF THE SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER.]. The initials: [K.E.R.R.] are at the bottom center of the drawing. There is tearing around the edges of the front cover. The inside has two pages of musical bars and notes in black ink for the song The VooDoo Man. The song credits read: [Words & Music by Williams & Walker]. The music for The VooDoo Man continues on the back cover in black in. Music for two additional songs are beneath the end of The Voodoo Man. The text for the two additional songs reads: [Gladys / Written and Composed / by Theo. H. Northrup] and [I Certn’ly Was A Very Busy Man / (A Coon Rhapsody.) / Words by / Sam Bennett / Music by / Theo. H. Northrup].
Objects depicting racist and/or stereotypical imagery or language may be offensive and disturbing, but the NMAAHC aims to include them in the Collection to present and preserve the historical context in which they were created and used. Objects of this type provide an important historical record from which to study and evaluate racism.
African American  Search this
Blackface  Search this
Minstrel (Music)  Search this
Stereotypes  Search this
Vaudeville  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Sylvia Alden Roberts
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Restrictions & Rights:
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture