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Beethoven was Black?

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Beethoven was Black?
By Jim Stroud • Issue #25 • View online
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He was born a slave on a ship crossing the Atlantic from Africa to the West Indies. He was taken to Greenwich, near London, where he worked as a child slave. He persuaded the powerful Montagu family to employ him as their butler, an important position, before retiring to run a grocery shop in Westminster. He composed classical music, appeared on the stage, and entertained many famous figures of literary and artistic London. The first African we know of to vote in a British election, he wrote a large number of letters which were collected and published in 1782, two years after his death. He was thought of in his age as “the extraordinary Negro,” and to eighteenth-century British opponents of the slave trade he became a symbol of the humanity of Africans, then disputed by many.
Q: Who was he?
An often overlooked part of Black History is the contribution Blacks have made in classical music.
Can you name these other classical composers?
  1. Music director for France’s Queen Marie-Antoniette
  2. First African American winner of Pulitzer Prize for Music
  3. Violinist accompanied on piano by Ludwig van Beethoven

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Black History Quiz Answers
 Ignatius Sancho (1729-1780)
Classical Composers:
  1. Chevalier de Saint-Georges
  2. George Walker
  3. George Augustus Polgreen Bridgetower
For further study:
Ignatius Sancho: African Man of Letters
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