Our speakers today at Lakeside were Howard and Judith Sacks of the American Folklore Society (Columbus) who told us the real story about the song Dixie. In their book, "Way up north in Dixie," they tell the story of a Maryland slave, Ellen Cooper, who went west to Ohio as a free woman and later had a popular family band, The Snowdens. The words and music were hers, but the song is credited to Dan B. Emmett who lived in the same town and performed in minstrel shows. http://africanaheritage.com/Way_Up_North_In_Dixie.asp
These are two of Ellen Cooper Snowden’s sons who played in the family band.