When being with Ethiopian was Vogue

When being with Ethiopian was Vogue —————————————————- On this date on October 12th, 1874, the Olympic Theatre on Broadway in New York City debuted the comical minstrel show “Cremation: An Ethiopian Sketch”…

.   According to Stephen R. Prothero in his book “Purified by Fire: A History of Cremation in America”, “The play starred an “eccentric” Solomon Muggins, Esq., who by his own admission would not “listen to anything at present on any other subject but cremation.””   Although the title and performance had nothing to do with the East African nation, it was another example of a common practice in North America during the nineteenth and early twentieth century by African Americans identifying themselves as Ethiopians. During this period in history, and continuing unto the 1950s, many African American writers, artisans, comics, musicians, social reformers, and even landmarks , identified themselves as Ethiopian. In 1829, Robert Alan Young published the controversial Ethiopian Manifesto. In 1843 the Ethiopian Opera, written by Thomas D. Rice debuted at the Bowery Theatre in New York. In Chicago in the 1920s there was the Ethiopian Art Theatre. And as late as the 1940s, Miami was home to the widely popular All-African American baseball team the Ethiopian Clowns. The list goes on.   (The Official Ethiopian Clowns Baseball Jersey. The proper nouns Ethiopia and Ethiopian were widely used to identify African Americans during the nineteenth and early twentieth century. The All-African American Baseball team the Ethiopian Clowns were among the most widely celebrated and last examples of this name sake.)
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