“My Watermelon Boy” Sheet Music

Description (Brief)
This sheet music for the song “My Watermelon Boy” was written and composed by Malcom Williams and published by Shapiro, Bernstein and Von Tilzer of New York, New York in 1900. This sheet appeared as a supplement to the “New York Herald” on May 11, 1902. The cover depicts a racist stereotyped image of a young African-American farmhand eating watermelon.
Currently not on view
Object Name
sheet music
date made
composer; lyricist
Williams, Malcolm
Shapiro, Bernstein and Von Tilzer
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
overall: 13 3/4 in x 10 in; 34.925 cm x 25.4 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Music & Musical Instruments
Sheet Music
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Culture and the Arts: Entertainment
Sheet Music
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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