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    ANTI-BLACK THEATRICAL HANDBILL. The 15th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was adopted in 1870, giving Blacks the right to vote (in
    theory, at least!) This handbill advertises a minstrel show which may or may not have taken place. If we had to bet, we'd say the performance was strictly imaginary! In spite of that, the "manager's" intent is perfectly
    clear. "Hedgehog's Grand Combination of the Powers of Darkness" has songs and recitations such as "Nigs, I want to be Sheriff", "The XVth Amendment Exemplified" and the "Benefits of Civil Rights Bill." Additionally,"...during the performance of this celebrated troop, the roost will be hermetically sealed so as to retain the delightful odor of the  negroes." Finally, "...Front seats reserved for the Colored Ladies. No white
    folks admitted without special permission of Professor Hedgehog." A provocative mirror into the Reconstruction period. Excellent. 

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    29th Thursday
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