Contributed by Elaine Kemp Bragdon through Maine Historical Society
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George Washington "Wash" Kemp, along with his wife, Maria Barbour Kemp, and three of their daughters traveled around New England in the later years of the 19th century, performing as the "Colored Kemp Family" from the "Old Sunny South."
They performed for about 25 years.
Kemp and his wife and their two oldest children, John and Mary, were escaped slaves. Gen. Oliver Otis Howard was responsible for their move to Maine.
The broadside details the history of the relationship between Howard and the Kemps. When the war ended, Howard was head of the Freedmen's Bureau.
The broadside was restored from the original and reprinted.
About This Item
- Title: Kemp Family Singers broadside, Leeds, ca. 1895
- Creation Date: circa 1895
- Subject Date: circa 1895
- Town: Leeds
- County: Androscoggin
- State: ME
- Media: Ink on paper
- Object Type: Text
For more information about this item, contact:Maine Historical Society
485 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101
(207) 774-1822 x219
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LC Subject Headings
- Children of freedmen--Maine
- Kemp family
- Spirituals (Songs)
- African American singers
- African Americans in the performing arts
- Minstrel shows--Maine
- Howard, O.O. (Oliver Otis), 1830-1909
- African Americans--Maine--Leeds
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