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Black People Invented the Banjo. How Did They Become Unsung Heroes?

This society refuses to give Black people their flowers

Allison Wiltz
4 min readFeb 12, 2024

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AI-generated photo of a black woman playing the banjo | created by author using CANVA

While the banjo is often associated with white folk music in Appalachian culture, Black people were the first to create and play this instrument. Starting in the mid-1600s, the banjo was played almost exclusively by…

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Allison Wiltz

Womanist Scholar bylines @ Momentum, Oprah Daily, ZORA, GEN, EIC of Cultured #WEOC Founder allisonthedailywriter.com https://ko-fi.com/allyfromnola