Woodrow Wilson in Outside the Capitol Building, Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington - May, 1916

from Ragged but right / Lynn Abbott, page 188:

While showing Washington, D.C. on Decoration Day, we were on parade coming up broad historical Pennsylvania avenue [sic] and when passing the Capitol building our band played W. C. Handy's great hit 'Hail to the Spirit of Freedom.' We were cheered to the echo. President Wilson, who viewed the parade from an upper balcony, was seen to bow, smile and applaud by clapping his hands. We considered this as quite a compliment to the race, Prof. Handy being one of the foremost colored writers.

cite as

Lynn Abbott and Doug Seroff (ed.), Ragged but right / Lynn Abbott (Jackson, 2007), p. 188. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1447167018427 accessed: 15 June, 2024

location of experience: Outside the Capitol Building, Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington


Woodrow Wilson

Listening to

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Hail to the Spirit of Freedom
written by W. C. Handy
performed by L.K. Baker's band, P. L. Jenkins

Experience Information

Date/Time May, 1916
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, outdoors, in public


President Wilson hears the writer playing with his band on Decoration Day.

Originally submitted by acusworth on Tue, 10 Nov 2015 14:50:18 +0000
Approved on Mon, 20 Nov 2017 17:46:29 +0000