Popularizer of the Banjo

Popularizer of the Banjo (HMK2P)

Location: Appomattox, VA 24522 Appomattox County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 22.958', W 78° 47.366'

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Nearby is buried Joel Walker Sweeney (ca. 1810-1860), the musician who redesigned this African instrument into the modern five-string banjo that is known today. Although slaves apparently added the fifth string to what had been a four-strong instrument, Sweeney popularized the new form on the minstrel circuit. He toured with his two brothers, Sam and Dick, in minstrel shows from 1831 until his death in 1860. During the Civil War, Sam Sweeney served as Maj. Gen. J.E.B. Stuart's personal banjo picker until Seeney's death in the winter of 1863-1864.
HM NumberHMK2P
Marker NumberM 68
Year Placed1997
Placed ByDepartment of Historic Resources
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Date Added Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 at 9:18pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 695710 N 4139613
Decimal Degrees37.38263333, -78.78943333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 22.958', W 78° 47.366'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 22' 57.48" N, 78° 47' 21.96" W
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Area Code(s)434
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1000-1046 Old Courthouse Rd, Appomattox VA 24522, US
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