[GARVEY, Marcus (1887-1940)]. HEELAN, William A. (fl. 20th century) and J. Fred. HELF (1870?-1915). Every Race Has a Flag but the Coon. New York, Chicago, & London: Joseph W. Stern & Co., [1900].

10.5 x 13.5 in. sheet music (very light toning). 

FIRST EDITION of the song co-written by Heelan and Helf that became very popular among white audiences, contemporaneously being called one of the greatest hits of 1901 with hundreds of musical acts performing the work. The cultural critic H.L. Mencken sites this work as being one of the three songs which "firmly established the term coon in the American vocabulary." The creation of the Pan-African flag in 1920 by the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League was motivated by this song with Marcus Garvey quoted as saying: "In song and mimicry they have said, "Every race has a flag but the coon." How true! Aye! But that was said of us four years ago. They can't say it now..." 

Provenance:Property from the Collection of Eric Majette Jr.

Estimate: $600 - $800

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