“Darling Nelly Gray” Sheet Music

Description (Brief)
This sheet music is for the song “Darling Nelly Gray.” The song was written and composed by Benjamin Hanby, and published by Oliver Ditson and Company of New York in 1856. The plain cream white cover features black title text in a floral patterned frame. The song tells the story of a runaway slave pining for his love, Nelly Gray, still in slavery in Georgia.
Currently not on view
Object Name
sheet music
Object Type
Sheet Music
sheet music
date made
Hanby, B. R.
Oliver Ditson & Co.
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
overall: 12 1/2 in x 9 3/4 in; 31.75 cm x 24.765 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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