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- The Middlebrook School Minstrel Show Photograph, 1954, depicts the cast, including students and presumably teachers and administrators, of a minstrel show at the Middlebrook School in Augusta County, Virginia
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- The tradition of the blackface minstrelsy dates back to the early nineteenth century and continued into the mid-twentieth century in various types of mass media (theatre, television, and film). As the name suggests, blackface minstrel shows primarily featured white men who would apply black makeup and act as African Americans. Stereotypical mannerisms, gestures, and dialects were often employed. Dating to the mid-1910s, the Middlebrook School housed grades one through seven and high school, and served the Middlebrook community of Augusta County, Virginia. Several school consolidations took place over the next fifty years until the Middlebrook Grade School shuttered its doors in 1967. The photographer, Walter S. Daggy (1896-1988), was based out of Mt. Solon, Virginia. His primary occupation was farming, but he also worked as a photographer for area newspapers. Daggy married Minnie Props on January 18, 1918 and was a lifelong resident of Mt. Solon.
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