The Gandy Dancers at the 1993 Florida Folk Festival

236930
Date
1993-05
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
One video tape (also copied onto a SONY mini Video8). Features the Gandy Dancers demonstrating work songs used when laying rail track. Also features CSX workers preparing the tracks at the festival used in the demonstration.
Type
Moving Image

The Gandy Dancers

236932
Date
1993
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
Two prints: one black and white, the other color. The dancers were: C. Wright, John Mealing, Charlie Vinson, Allen Jones, and Elder Brown. One image also features folklorist Beth Higgs. Gandy dancers were railroad workers who used call-and-response work songs to keep workers moving fast in laying t...
Type
Still Image

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

234470
Date
1993-05
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
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...
Type
Still Image

Preparing railroad tracks for Gandy Dancers at 1993 Florida Folk Festival

236924
Date
1993-05-25
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
Thirty color slides. Gandy dancers were railroad workers who used call-and-response work songs to keep workers moving fast in laying track. Often called lining songs.
Type
Still Image

The Gandy Dancers at the 1993 Florida Folk Festival

236922
Date
1993-05
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
One proof sheet with eight black and white images (plus negatives). The dancers were: C. Wright, John Mealing, Charlie Vinson, Allen Jones, and Elder Brown. One image also features folklorist Beth Higgs. Gandy dancers were railroad workers who used call-and-response work songs to keep workers movin...
Type
Still Image

The Gandy Dancers demonstration at the 1993 Florida Folk Festival Folklife Area (Second demonstration)

239387
Date
1993-05-28
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
One audio cassette. Mealing and Wright recieved NEA National Heritage Fellowships in 1996. The Gandy Dancers (Mealing, Jones, Brown, Vinson and Wright) sing while demonstrating track lining and spike driving. Wright explains the strength needed to work on railroads. Mealing leads "Good Evening Ev...
Type
sound
Item ID
C93-25

Gandy dancers singing- White Springs, Florida

106865
Date
1993
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
FA1510621

Gandy dancers at the Florida Folk Festival- White Springs, Florida

106868
Date
1993
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
FA1510631

Gandy dancers show how sections of track were realigned

111242
Date
Not after 1993
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
FA5458

Gandy dancers performing railroad work at the Florida Folk Festival- White Springs, Florida

106859
Date
1993
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
FA151011

Gandy dancers performing railroad work at the Florida Folk Festival- White Springs, Florida

106860
Date
1993
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
FA151012

Gandy dancers performing railroad work at the Florida Folk Festival- White Springs, Florida

106861
Date
1993
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
FA151013

Gandy dancers performing railroad work at the Florida Folk Festival- White Springs, Florida

106866
Date
1993
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
FA1510626

Gandy dancers performing railroad work at the Florida Folk Festival- White Springs, Florida

106867
Date
1993
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
FA1510628

Gandy dancers performing railroad work at the Florida Folk Festival- White Springs, Florida

106869
Date
1993
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
FA1510634

Folklife People: The Gandy Dancers

297287
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
The Gandy Dancers were a group of retired railway workers who gave railway laying demonstrations to educate the public about the culture surrounding the industry. Based out of Birmingham, Alabama, and led by Cornelius Wright Jr., the Gandy Dancers consisted of John Henry Mealing, Allen Jones, Charli...
Type
interactive resource

The Gandy Dancers demonstration at the 1993 Florida Folk Festival Folklife Area (Second demonstration)

239378
Date
1993-05-29
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
Three audio cassette recordings. Mealing and Wright received NEA National Heritage Fellowships in 1996. The Gandy Dancers (Mealing, Jones, Vinson, Brown, and Wright) sing while demonstrating track lining and spike driving. Some of the speech his inaudible when the performers walk away from the micro...
Type
sound
Item ID
C93-11
Item ID
C93-12a
Item ID
C93-10

The Gandy Dancers demonstration at the 1993 Florida Folk Festival Folklife Area (Second demonstration)

296320
Date
1993-05-30
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
Two audio cassettes. Mealing and Wright recieved NEA National Heritage Fellowships in 1996. The Gandy Dancers (Mealing, Vinson, Jones, Brown, and Wright) sing while demonstrating track lining and spike driving. On C93-14, Wright introduces the Gandy Dancers and Mealing leads "Good Evening Everybod...
Type
sound
Item ID
C93-14
Item ID
C93-15

The Gandy Dancers demonstration at the 1993 Florida Folk Festival Folklife Area (First demonstration)

239374
Date
1993-05-28
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
Two audio cassette recordings. NKwanda Jah serves as emcee. Mealing and Wright recieved NEA National Heritage Fellowships in 1996. The Gandy Dancers (Mealing, Jones, Brown, Vinson and Wright) sing while demonstrating track lining and spike driving. On cassette C93-1, Wright tells stories from h...
Type
sound
Item ID
C93-2
Item ID
C93-1

The Gandy Dancers demonstration at the 1993 Florida Folk Festival Folklife Area (First demonstration)

239379
Date
1993-05-30
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
Two audio cassettes. Mealing and Wright recieved NEA National Heritage Fellowships in 1996. The Gandy Dancers (Mealing, Jones, Brown, and Wright) sing while demonstrating track lining and spike driving. On C93-12b, Wright introduces the Gandy Dancers and gives some background on their railway work...
Type
sound
Item ID
C93-12b
Item ID
C93-13

Gandy dancers and Folk Festival staff - White Springs, Florida

111154
Date
1993
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
FA5364

Gandy dancers singing- White Springs, Florida

111155
Date
1993
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
FA5365

Gandy dancers singing at the Florida Folk Festival - White Springs, Florida

111156
Date
1993
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
FA5366

Gandy dancers and friends - White Springs, Florida

111157
Date
1993
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
FA5367

Gandy dancers and friends - White Springs, Florida

111158
Date
1993
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
FA5368

The Gandy Dancers demonstration at the 1993 Florida Folk Festival Folklife Area (Second demonstration)

239377
Date
1993-05-28
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
Two audio cassette recordings. Mealing and Wright recieved NEA National Heritage Fellowships in 1996. The Gandy Dancers (Mealing, Vinson, Jones, Brown, and Wright) sing while demonstrating track lining and spike driving. On C93-5, Wright introduces the Gandy Dancers and gives some background about...
Type
sound
Item ID
C93-5
Item ID
C93-6

The Gandy Dancers demonstration at the 1993 Florida Folk Festival Folklife Area (First demonstration)

296221
Date
1993-05-29
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
One audio cassette. The full recording is a composite of side A and side B. Mealing and Wright recieved NEA National Heritage Fellowships in 1996. The Gandy Dancers (Vinson, Mealing, Jones, Brown, and Wright) sing while demonstrating track lining and spike driving. On side A, Wright explains the...
Type
sound
Item ID
C93-7

Charlie Vinson interview at the 1993 Florida Folk Festival Folklife Area

239384
Date
1993-05-30
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
One cassette tape. NKwanda Jah interviews Vinson, a member of the Gandy Dancers from Birmingham, Ala., who discusses his work on the railroads. Other members of the Gandy Dancers were present and can be heard in the background. Vinson gives some geneaological history before discussing his work fo...
Type
sound
Item ID
C93-21

Crew laying track for Gandy Dancers performance at the Florida Folk Festival - White Springs, Florida

111160
Date
1993
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
FA5371

Crew laying track for Gandy Dancers performance at the Florida Folk Festival - White Springs, Florida

111161
Date
1993
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
FA5372

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