Mallets, used by Jeni LeGon

Mallets, used by Jeni LeGon

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These mallets were made by an unknown maker, provenance unknown, late 1950s. They are carved wooden sticks, with small cylindrical heads covered in cross-woven reed soaked in glue or resin.

Accessioned with steel drum (Cat. #2002.0389.04). Used by Jeni LeGon in the traveling show with her dance troupe, "Jazz Caribe," 1959-1969.

Jeni LeGon (born Jennie Ligon, 1916– 2012), also credited as Jeni Le Gon, was an American dancer, dance instructor, and actress. She was one of the first African-American women to establish a solo career in tap dance. In 1999, the National Film Board of Canada released a documentary film about her life, Jeni Le Gon: Living in a Great Big Way, directed by Grant Greshuk and produced by Selwyn Jacob.

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Object Name
Mallets (2)
mallets
Date made
late 1950s
user
LeGon, Jeni
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 10 in x 1 1/8 in; 25.4 cm x 2.921 cm
overall, minimum: 9 3/4 in x 1 1/8 in; 24.765 cm x 2.8575 cm
ID Number
2002.0389.04
catalog number
2002.0389.04
accession number
2002.0389
Credit Line
Gift of Dr. Jeni LeGon
subject
Dancers
African American
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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