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Smithsonian Channel film clip in Everyday Rhythms

Smithsonian Channel film clip in Everyday Rhythms

The Mercer Museum will include a clip of Our Native Daughters, a Smithsonian Channel film in the exhibition. 

In the case of the banjo, utilizing the Museum's collection of instruments as well as a couple of additional items from private collections, we will trace its journey from African and African-American antecedents, through its appropriation by white musicians in the minstrel era, to the "classic" or guitar-style banjo of the latter 1800s, and into the 20th-century with the development of "Scruggs style" playing and "bluegrass" music. In dealing with the difficult history of the banjo in the era of blackface minstrelsy, we would like to bring the story of the instrument into the present a bit, and we see the musicianship of Rhiannon Giddens and others as a means of interpreting attempts to reclaim the banjo's African, and African-American roots.

06-10-2022 thru 12-31-2023
Mercer Museum & Fonthill Castle
Doylestown, Pennsylvania
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