Delaware, O[hio]: Fleming & Benson, Printers, [circa 1880]. Ephemera. Good. Item #715
8vo 8" - 9" tall; 5 1/8” x 6 ¾”. Illustrated green wrappers. Pp. . Good: wrappers moderately worn and dusted, lightly soiled; a few small edge chips. This scarce promotional brochure for John Wesley Donavin's Original Tennesseans features the music and lyrics for six songs including Swing Low, Sweet Chariot. The Tennesseans were created out of a need for funds for Central Tennessee College, a Freedman's Aid Society school. Founded a few months after, and for the same reasons as Fisk's Jubilee Singers, the Tennesseans ultimately performed over 3,000 concerts over the course of nearly 20 years. Donavin was an abolitionist entrepreneur specifically hired by CTC to create a group like Fisk's to raise funds for an administration building. Over several years, they raised $18,000 for the building and soon thereafter became a professional touring troupe. By 1880, they were so popular they were forced to turn down over 160 different venues and in 1884 Donavin created a second troupe, the Famous Tennesseans, to meet demand. (Latimer, Jr. , Marvin E. J. W. Donavin's Tennesseans (1873-1885). Choral Journal: Vol. 54 No. 3. October 1, 2013) OCLC records one copy, a likely later printing in the trade as of December 2016 (with Donavin's Famous Tennesseans) , and one with a different imprint sold at auction in 2005. A scarce artifact of an important mover of African American spiritual music. Please do not hesitate to contact us for additional information and/or photos and we will respond promptly. We package our items carefully, ship daily, and have a no hassle returns policy--your satisfaction is guaranteed. We are members of the Texas Booksellers Association and the Independent Online Booksellers Association and adhere to their rules of ethics.