“Mammie's Pickaninny Boy” Sheet Music

Description (Brief)
This sheet music for the song “Mammie’s Pickaninny Boy” was written and composed by Raymond A. Brown and published by Howley, Haviland and Co. of New York, New York in 1902. The music appeared as a supplement to the “New York Herald” on January 4, 1903. The cover of the sheet music features a pencil drawing a young black boy, signed on the lower right by “Drake.” The term “pickaninny” was a 19th century slang term for a small black child.
Currently not on view
Object Name
sheet music
date made
composer; lyricist
Browne, Raymond A.
Howley, Haviland, and Company
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
overall: 14 in x 10 1/8 in; 35.56 cm x 25.7175 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Music & Musical Instruments
Sheet Music
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Sheet Music
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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