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Mount Vernon in Knox County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

The Snowden Family

The Mount Vernon Historic Walking Tour

 
 
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Photographed By Craig Doda, September 2, 2022
1. The Snowden Family Marker
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Rising from slavery in the South to the stages of Ohio opera houses, members of the Snowden family entertained people across America.

The family's father, Thomas, was a slave in the early 1800s, and their mother Ellen, was a "House servant." Many of their experiences became the songs that the Snowden family, including their six children, preformed in open air theaters. The Snowdens also preformed at the Woodward Opera house.

Many considered that Thomas and Ellen were the inspiration for (if not the actual composer of) the song "Dixie."

This multi-talented family showcased many instruments in their concerts, including banjos, dulcimers, guitars, maracas, tambourines, and violins.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansEntertainment.
 
Location. 40° 23.547′ N, 82° 29.127′ W. Marker is in Mount Vernon, Ohio, in Knox County. Marker is on South Main Street (Ohio Route 229) south of East Vine Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 104 S Main St, Mount Vernon OH 43050, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
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At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Woodward Opera House (here, next to this marker); The Republican News/Republican Publishing (within shouting distance of this marker); A Keystone (within shouting distance of this marker); Jane Payne, M.D. (1825-1882) (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Cooper Fountain (about 300 feet away); South Main Plaza (about 400 feet away); Knox County Veterans Walk of Honor (about 400 feet away); Henry B. Curtis (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mount Vernon.
 
The Snowden Family Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, September 2, 2022
2. The Snowden Family Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 11, 2022. It was originally submitted on September 11, 2022, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 230 times since then and 95 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 11, 2022, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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