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Cherry Street Blues: Black Music History in SA 1867-1937

Following Emancipation, a diverse mix of Black music traditions flourished in all parts of San Antonio and Bexar County. These spiritual and secular forms of cultural performance evolved in relation to histories of slavery, diaspora, acculturation, enculturation, and the segregated mediums of public consumption in the city. Through persistence and adaptation, local Black musicians laid the foundation for a thriving jazz and blues scene and the mainstream acceptance of Black music by the 1930s. Pictured: Barn Dance at the Keyhole Club, Don Albert and Ernestine Allen, 1940 Source: UTSA Special Collections Research by Marc Molina Doctoral Student Department of History University of Texas at El Paso Sources: Molina (2019); Mason (1995); Sobre (2003); Oliver and McCormick (2019); Institute of Texas Cultures Oral History Collection; San Antonio Express News Historical Archive; Discography of American Historical Recordings at University of California-Santa Barbara

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