Music as Memory: Spirituals, Minstrelsy, and Marching Songs during the Age of Abolitionism


Boston Music Hall (Boston, Mass.) Grand jubilee concert ... in honor of the day! the proclamation! the emancipation of the slave! the spirit of the fathers and the constitution! Boston, [1862?]

Built in 1852, the Boston Music Hall was one of oldest continuously operating theaters in the United States. On 1 January 1 1863, the day Lincoln issued the final Emancipation Proclamation, declaring all slaves of rebel masters "forever free," the Boston Music Hall served as the venue for a Grand Jubilee Concert. The performance by the Grand Philharmonic Orchestra was commissioned by a group of prominent Boston intellectuals, including Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Francis Parkman, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. According to the concert announcement, proceeds from the performance would "benefit freed slaves."

*AB85.H7375.A863n – No source, 1927.