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James Bland
Photographer: Allen C. Browne
Taken: March 15, 2014
Caption: James Bland
Additional Description: The public housing was named for James Alan Bland (October 12, 1854 - May 5, 1911), an African American musician and songwriter born to a free family in Flushing, New York. Bland graduated from Howard University in Washington D.C. in 1873.

He composed over 700 songs, including "In the Evening by Moonlight," "O Dem Golden Slippers," and "Carry Me Back to Old Virginny," the official State Song of Virginia from 1940 until 1997.
Close-up of photo on marker
Illustration from"James Bland's 3 Great Songs, 1879

Submitted: March 17, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.
Database Locator Identification Number: p268384
File Size: 2.026 Megabytes

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