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

Sunday performances at the 1993 Florida Folk Festival (Stage III) (Tape 5)

240531
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Type
Sound
Item ID
D93-42

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

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

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

Railroad worker Tom Watson

235319
Date
1988-08
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
Four color slides. Images of Tom Watson, a railroad worker for over 30 years. Watson worked for the Jacksonville terminal between 1950 and 1974. He then worked for Amtrak until 1988. Taken after he was interviewed by folklorist Hansen. For a recording of his interview, see S 1618, box 4, tapes 8-9...
Type
Still Image
Item ID
S91-185 - S91-188

Allen Jones interview at the 1993 Florida Folk Festival Folklife Area

239382
Date
1993-05-30
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
One audio cassette. NKwanda Jah is the interviewer. Jones, a member of the Gandy Dancers from Birmingham, Ala., discusses his work on the railroads.
Type
sound
Item ID
C93-19

Elder Brown interview at the 1993 Florida Folk Festival Folklife Area

239383
Date
1993-05-30
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
One audio cassette. NKwanda Jah is the interviewer. Brown, a member of the Gandy Dancers from Birmingham, Ala., discusses his work on the railroads. He gives his family background. The tape starts and stops many times.
Type
sound
Item ID
C93-20

John Mealing interview at the 1993 Florida Folk Festival Folklife Area

239385
Date
1993-05-30
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
Two audio cassettes. NKwanda Jah is the interviewer. On C93-22, Mealing, a member of the Gandy Dancers from Birmingham, Ala., talks about the Gospel Southernaires, a quartet he founded. On C93-23, Mealing explains the importance of religion and hard work in his life. Tape cuts off abruptly. ...
Type
sound
Item ID
C93-22
Item ID
C93-23

Billy Howell interview at the 1993 Florida Folk Festival Folklife Area

239381
Date
1993-05-30
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
One audio cassette. NKwanda Jah is the interviewer. Howell gives a brief family background. He explains the turpentine business, homesteading, and other industries in North Florida. He gives some background on attending school in Port St. Joe, Fla. and working for the St. Joe Paper Company for f...
Type
sound
Item ID
C93-18

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

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

"Washboard" Bill Cooke interview at the 1993 Florida Folk Festival Folklife Area (Second interview)

239388
Date
1993-05-28
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
One audio cassette. NKwanda Jah is the interviewer. The tape stops and starts intermittently. Cooke tells stories about busking and buck dancing. Members of the Gandy Dancers can be heard in the background. Cooke tells various stories from his life, including being locked up in Waycross, Georgi...
Type
sound
Item ID
C93-24

Saturday performances at the 1993 Florida Folk Festival (Main Stage) (Tape 5)

240499
Date
05/29/1993
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Type
Sound
Item ID
D93-10

Interview with railroader Tom Watson

235315
Date
1988-08-23
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
Two audio cassettes. Tom Watson, a railroad worker for over 30 years, worked for the Jacksonville terminal between 1950 and 1974. He then worked for Amtrak until 1988. In the interview, he discusses growing up in Jacksonville; the history of Florida rail lines and the railroad business; his career ...
Type
Sound
Item ID
Tape 8-9

Cornelius Wright, Jr. interview at the 1993 Florida Folk Festival Folklife Area

239386
Date
1993-05-30
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
Two audio cassettes. NKwanda Jah is the interviewer. On C93-26, Wright, a member of the Gandy Dancers from Birmingham, Ala., gives some family and educational background. He discusses his early work on the railroads and being drafted into the military during the Korean War, as well as his choice...
Type
sound
Item ID
C93-27
Item ID
C93-26

"Washboard" Bill Cooke interview at the 1993 Florida Folk Festival Folklife Area

239380
Date
1993-05-30
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
Two audio cassettes. NKwanda Jah is the interviewer. On C93-16, Cooke, born in Dupont, Fla., gives a history of his early life and family. He discusses his early experiences of hoboing and tells stories about hitchhiking in Florida. He details his educational experiences, including dropping out ...
Type
sound
Item ID
C93-17
Item ID
C93-16

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

Fiddler Richard Seaman - Jacksonville, Florida

123280
Date
1988
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
FS91203

Fiddler Richard Seaman - Jacksonville, Florida

123281
Date
1988
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
FS91207

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

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

111162
Date
1993
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
FA5373

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

111163
Date
1993
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
FA5374

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

111164
Date
1993
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
FA5375

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

111165
Date
1993
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
FA5377

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

111166
Date
1993
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
FA5378

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

111167
Date
1993
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
FA5379

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

111168
Date
1993
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
FA5380

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

111169
Date
1993
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
FA5381

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