Black History Spotlight: Joseph Douglass

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Joseph Douglass Library of Congress
3min : Black History Spotlight: Joseph Douglass

Joseph Douglass was the favorite grandson of prominent American abolitionist, author and orator, Frederick Douglass. Joseph Douglass had a career in classical music that spanned more than three decades. He was the first black violinist to be engaged on an international tour. He also became the first violinist of any race to record music for the Victor Talking Machine Co. In his day, the Black press called him "the most talented violinist of the race."

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Joseph Douglass
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Joseph and Frederick Douglass By imprint of Notman Photo Co., Boston. (Cowan's Auctions) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons