Thu, Aug 20 | Zoom 6PM

The Black Experience in the Adirondacks: The History of Blackface in the Adirondacks

Independent scholar Amy Godine delves into Adirondack social history that looks at Blackface in the Adirondacks.She is the writer/curator of Dreaming of Timbuctoo, an exhibition on view at the John Brown Farm Historic Site in North Elba, about a Black Adirondack farm settlement before the Civil War.
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The Black Experience in the Adirondacks: The History of Blackface in the Adirondacks

Time & Location

Aug 20, 2020, 6:00 PM EDT
Zoom 6PM

About the event

For a century and a half, white men “blacking up” and performing as blackface minstrels drew eager audiences to Adirondack halls and stages. Writer and independent scholar Amy Godine tracks the long uneasy history of this unabashedly racialized performance style from its antebellum introduction as a big-city circus act to its later revival as a locally-produced nostalgia act in Adirondack towns and cities. Even into the 1960s, and long after blackface was widely recognized as racist, hometown blackface flourished on Adirondack stages. (Iterations still crop up in North Country college campuses.) Godine explores the tenacious roots, representations and consequences of this toxic tradition in Adirondack life.

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