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From Africa to America: drumming, slavery, music

Photographs documenting the influence of music
and the drum

Talking drums
  • 1

    Talking drums at a procession,
    Ghana 1936

    © Trustees of the British Museum
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  • 2

    Picking cotton, Pulaski County, Arkansas

    Lomax Collection, Courtesy of the Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, [LC-USZ62-124414]

  • 3

    African Americans working, Charleston, S.C.: Cotton warehouse, drying cotton, about 1879

    Courtesy of the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington [LC-USZ62-68076]

  • 4

    African Americans working, Charleston, S.C: Street vendors, 1879

    The Kilburn Brothers
    Courtesy of the Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, [LC-USZ62-68072

  • 5

    Jitterbugging in a juke joint, Saturday evening, outside Clarksdale, Mississippi

    Marion Post Wolcott 1910 - 1990
    Farm Security Administration - Office of War Information Photograph Collection Courtesy of the Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division [LC-DIG-fsa-8c36090]

  • 6

    True lovers of the muse

    William Henry Jackson 1843-1942
    Detroit Publishing Company Photograph Collection
    Courtesy of the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division [LC-D401-9117]

  • 7

    Old African-American man posed walking with a stick and a banjo.
    About 1905.

    Courtesy of the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division [LC-USZ62-46755]

  • 8

    Baptist congregation, Alma Plantation, False River, La. July 1934

    Alan Lomax (1915 - 2002)
    Lomax collection of photographs depicting folk musicians, primarily in the southern United States and the Bahamas. Courtesy of the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division [LC-DIG-ppmsc-00321]

  • 9

    Man posing holding a drum, Cat Island, July 1935

    Alan Lomax (1915 - 2002)
    Lomax collection of photographs depicting folk musicians, primarily in the southern United States and the Bahamas. Courtesy of the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division [LC-DIG-ppmsc-00492]

  • 10

    John Canoe and friends, Bahamas, 1935

    Alan Lomax (1915 - 2002)
    Lomax collection of photographs depicting folk musicians, primarily in the southern United States and the Bahamas. Courtesy of the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division [ LC-DIG-ppmsc-00506 ]

  • 11

    Young men and women
    humming a spiritual

    At UCPAPWA (United Cannery, Agricultural, Packing, and Allied Workers of America) meeting, Bristow, Oklahoma.
    Courtesy of the Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, FSA/OWI Collection, [reproduction number, LC-DIG-fsa-8b22390]

  • 12

    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Half-length portrait, facing front
    Courtesy of the Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Lomax Collection [LC-USZ62-126559]

  • 13

    The Last Drummers, performing on the New York City Subway

    Drumming groups like this are found on the subways, subway stations and streets of urban centres around the USA.
    © Devorah Romanek 2010

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