Raynors HCA 2020-02
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A great early postwar Reconstruction era Black minstrel's related letter, 4pp. 8vo., written by "Cousin Amelia", Providence, [R. I.], Nov. 28, 1865, to Cousin Maria [Wood], reading, in part: "…we are going to have a nigger Concert here. The Howlands' from the next house…are to give it…it will be good. There are twelve of them all blacked…they sing real good pieces and crack jokes just the same as the darkies do. They [will] have it here because the rooms are more convenient. Henry is going to rig the curtain…it will be gay times. They were practicing the other night and I thought I should kill myself laughing…your affectionate cousin, Amelia…".
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A Minstrel Show Comes To Rhode Island In '65: I Thought I Should Kill Myself Laughing.

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