The Gandy Dancers and other demonstrators at the 1993 Florida Folk Festival

Date: May 1993

Source: S1577 , Container 15

Type: Still Image

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Description

  • Thirty-six color slides. Various performers at the 1993 Florida Folk Festival. Includes twenty slides of African American former railroad employees demonstrating their occupation, known as Gandy dancers. Gandy dancers were railroad workers who used call-and-response work songs to keep workers moving fast in laying track. Often called lining songs. Their exhibit, complete with the railroad tracks, were sponsored by CSX Transportation. The dancers were C. Wright, John Mealing, Charlie Vinson, Allen Jones, and Elder Brown.

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