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Terpsichore In The Flat Creek Quarters, Pea Ridge

ZBA2538
Michael Graham-Stewart collection

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Collection Michael Graham-Stewart collection, Special collections
Gallery locationNot on display

Object details:

Object ID ZBA2538
Description Pencil drawing showing a dance with musicians with the following manuscript poem below: ‘Listen when I call de figgers! Watch de music es ye go!/ Chassay forrard! (Now look at ‘em! some too fas’ & some too slow!)/ Step but when I gibs de order; keep up eben wid de line;/ Whats got in dem lazy niggers? Stop dat stringin’ out behin’!. . ./ . . .Steady now, an’ check de motion! Let de fiddler stop de chune!/ I smell de possum froo de crack an supper’s givine to call us soon!/ De white folks come in mighty handy, waltzin roun’ so nice & fine;/ But when you comes to reg’lah dancing, niggers leabes ‘em way behin’!’ In March 1862, Pea Ridge in Arkansas was the site of a battle during the American Civil War.
Date made circa 1860

Artist/Maker Unknown
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Michael Graham-Stewart Slavery Collection. Acquired with the assistance of the Heritage Lottery Fund
Materials pencil
Measurements sheet: 252 x 355 mm
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