Terpsichore In The Flat Creek Quarters, Pea Ridge

Pencil drawing showing a dance with musicians with the following manuscript poem below: ‘Listen when I call de figgers! Watch de music es ye go!/ Chassay forrard! (Now look at ‘em! some too fas’ & some too slow!)/ Step but when I gibs de order; keep up eben wid de line;/ Whats got in dem lazy niggers? Stop dat stringin’ out behin’!. . ./ . . .Steady now, an’ check de motion! Let de fiddler stop de chune!/ I smell de possum froo de crack an supper’s givine to call us soon!/ De white folks come in mighty handy, waltzin roun’ so nice & fine;/ But when you comes to reg’lah dancing, niggers leabes ‘em way behin’!’

In March 1862, Pea Ridge in Arkansas was the site of a battle during the American Civil War.

Object Details

ID: ZBA2538
Collection: Special collections
Type: Drawing
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Unknown
Date made: circa 1860
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Michael Graham-Stewart Slavery Collection. Acquired with the assistance of the Heritage Lottery Fund
Measurements: Sheet: 252 mm x 355 mm; Image: 175 mm x 125 mm; Mount: 482 mm x 317 mm

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