Schepp’s Minstrel Revue

Original professional group photo of “Schepp’s Minstrel Revue” which included blackface performers, featuring Grover Scheppelman (d. 2-27-1938) of Louisville KY. Grover is the gentleman in the center of the photo. 8″x10″ Silver Gelatin Photo by: Schumacher, Nashville TN (Possibly pre 1920) Grover also toured with Al G. Field Minstrels, and Lasses White Allstar Minstrels during […]

THE EMMETT TILL TRIAL

Emmett Louis Till (July 25, 1941 – August 28, 1955) was an African-American teenager who was murdered in Mississippi at the age of 14, after reportedly flirting with a white woman. Till was from Chicago, Illinois, visiting his relatives in Money, Mississippi, in the Mississippi Delta region, when he spoke to 21-year-old Carolyn Bryant, the […]

AMERICAN BLACKFACE

Blackface is a form of theatrical makeup used in minstrel shows, and later vaudeville, in which performers create a stereotyped caricature of a black person. The practice gained popularity during the 19th century and contributed to the proliferation of stereotypes such as the “happy-go-lucky darky on the plantation” or the “dandified coon”. In 1848, blackface […]