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Greenville in Greenville County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Josh White

 
 
Josh White Marker - Side A image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Wintermantel
1. Josh White Marker - Side A
Inscription.  
Side A-Panel 1
Josh White was born in Greenville on Dean Street in 1914. Only a decade later, and after the tragic loss of his father, he became what was known as a "guide boy" for blind musicians. and traveled throughout the south, beginning his own musical journey. During this time, he honed his technique, playing traditional spirituals and later secular music. Developing what would become his signature style. The Piedmont Blues.

Panel 2
By the 1950's, Josh White had established an international reputation having traveled throughout Europe and Scandinavia. His celebrity was reflected in the televised production of the "Josh White Show" in Stockholm, in 1962.

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Josh White was an eloquent and powerful voice for justice, equality and civil rights. He performed his music as he lived his life: with tremendous courage and remarkable clarity.

Side B - Panel 1
Joshua Daniel White, September 1, 1950. Testimony before the House Un-American Activities Committee


I am proud of the fact that under our system of freedom,
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everyone is able to speak out -- or in my case sing out -- against what we consider wrong and what we consider right.

The love I have for America, the land of my birth which has given me every opportunity, is far too great to permit of any other allegiance.

I am solely devoted to the principle of a democracy like ours that stands for the welfare of all of its people regardless of race, creed or color.

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America is the best and freest country in the world. It is the kind of democracy that makes it possible to fight injustice and to achieve progress.

I got to hate Jim Crow for what it did to me personally and because Jim Crow is an insult to God's creatures and a violation of the Christian beliefs taught by my father. That's how I became a folksinger.

Besides the family, I decided that I have a duty to other folksingers and artists in general, especially young people just getting started.

They face the same things I did. I hope they will give themselves to good causes as generally I have tried to do.

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As long as my voice and spirit hold out, I shall keep on singing of the hope, joys and grievances of ordinary folk.

I shall stand shoulder to shoulder with those who are pushed around and humiliated and discriminated against no matter what their
Josh White Marker - Side B image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Wintermantel
2. Josh White Marker - Side B
race or creed may be.

Committee to Commemorate Josh White

Norman Belk Mary Duckett Dale Perry David and Lind Vickery

Joseph B. Thompson Sculptor

 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansArts, Letters, MusicCivil RightsEntertainment. A significant historical date for this entry is September 1, 1950.
 
Location. 34° 50.778′ N, 82° 24.182′ W. Marker is in Greenville, South Carolina, in Greenville County. Marker is at the intersection of Falls Park Drive and Riverplace, on the right when traveling west on Falls Park Drive. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Greenville SC 29601, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Buck Mickel (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Falls Cottage (about 300 feet away); Eugenia Duke Bridge (about 300 feet away); Wyche Pavilion (about 400 feet away); Dr. Charles Hard Townes (about 500 feet away); The "Swamp Rabbit" Railroad (about 500 feet away); Thomas C. Gower Bridge (about 500 feet away); About 1765 (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Greenville.
 
Also see . . .  Joshua Daniel "Josh" White, Sr. at FindAGrave.com. (Submitted on August 31, 2021, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.)
 
Josh White Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Wintermantel
3. Josh White Marker
Josh White image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William P. Gottlieb, circa June 1946
4. Josh White
Café Society (Downtown), New York, N.Y.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 3, 2024. It was originally submitted on August 31, 2021, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 126 times since then and 45 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 31, 2021, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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