Daniel Decatur Emmett (1815-1904)

A self-taught fiddler from Ohio, Emmett joined three other minstrels to form a group known as "The Original Virginia Minstrels," in 1842. Emmett then joined Bryant's Minstrels in New York. In 1859 he composed "Dixie's Land," his most famous and controversial song. Once it was played at Jefferson Davis's inauguration, it became identified with the Confederacy, but after the war it regained its universal popularity. Emmett is also credited with writing "Turkey in the Straw."

Date:
1885 circa 5 years
Original Format:
Photographic Print
Item#:
MES16479
Photographer:
Maker Unknown
Height:
968px
Width:
679px
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