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Frederick in Frederick County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Library Campaign Song

(Tune-Battle Hymn of the Republic)

 

—By Clifford B. Holland —

 
Library Campaign Song Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Jones, February 9, 2019
1. Library Campaign Song Marker
Inscription. We have here in our town a colored library,
Run by those who wish to learn you; what is best to read.
Books of all descriptions you will find upon the shelves;
of the Free Colored Library.
Chorus
We are working for a hundred dollars strong
Who will be the first to help the cause along;
Everyone can do their bit so please don't be alarmed
for the Free Colored Library.

In Nineteen Hundred and Sixteen, at One One Three Ice Street
A few did pledge themselves upon a certain night to meet;
And success has followed in the work as you can see;
of the Free Colored Library.
Chorus
Books by men like Washington, Du Bois, and Dunbar;
Kelly, Miller, Norris and Joseph, Gorden, Bryant
And Many other writers too, you are sure to find
At the Free Colored Library.
Chorus
You will also find on file colored papers too;
Such as Afro-American, BEE and Colored Man,
Eagle and Defender, now all of this is true;
at the Free Colored Library.
Chorus
Fairy tales for children such as Old Mother Goose;
Who killed Cock Robin and Little Red Riding Hood.
Tales of a Winter Night and many more as good
At the Free Colored Library.
Chorus


In 1917, black residents sang these
Library Campaign Song Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Jones, February 9, 2019
2. Library Campaign Song Marker
lyrics to the tune of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" in an effort to raise funds for improving their "Separate But Equal" library.
 
Erected by City of Frederick.
 
Location. 39° 24.684′ N, 77° 24.759′ W. Marker is in Frederick, Maryland, in Frederick County. Marker is on Ice Street north of West South Street (Maryland Route 144), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. The marker is embedded in the sidewalk. Marker is at or near this postal address: 111 Ice Street, Frederick, Maryland, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Free Colored Mens Library (here, next to this marker); Ulysses Grant Bourne (within shouting distance of this marker); Saints Street (within shouting distance of this marker); Braddock, Washington, and Franklin (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); B & O Railroad Station (about 500 feet away); Water Level of the 1976 Flood (about 700 feet away); Jacob Engelbrecht's Diary (about 700 feet away); 173 West All Saints Street (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Frederick.
 
Categories. African AmericansArts, Letters, MusicCommunications
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 11, 2019. This page originally submitted on February 9, 2019, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 38 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 9, 2019, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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