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Re: Jenkins Orphanage, SC
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Hello Etta Mae:
In June of this year, I attended the Charleston "Jazz Iniative" at Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture.
The inspiration and centerpiece for the Charleston Jazz Iniative was the history of the Daniel Jenkins Orphanage Band.
I was there because both sides of my family have historic connections to the Orphanage and to Avery Normal. One of my ancestors was a teacher and fundraiser for the Jenkins Orphanage. Another ancestor was a member of the legendary Southern Syncopated Orchestra that sailed to Europe in 1919. Two of its musicians were connected to the Jenkins Orphanage Band. I knew both Tommy Benford and Arthur Briggs.
In preparation for my presentation, I contacted Avery which is part of the College of Charleston. You may want to do the same. They were able to find information on my Charleston ancestors. At the Jazz Iniative Symposium, I met several descendants of Rev. Jenkins. They may have family photographs that you are looking for.
For possible photos and information, it would be best to contact Dr. Karen Chandler at the url below. Dr. Chandler, an accomplished classical musician in her own right, is the amazing force in promoting the rich history of jazz, its roots in South Carolina and the young Jenkins musicians who became the early messengers of jazz.
Edward Ball's book references some of his research to British author and Chilton who wrote "A Jazz Nursery". You may want to find a copy of the book.
Search the Jazz Iniative site for possible leads. The directors of Jazz Institutes and Archives from Darmstadt and Rutgers attended the symposium. You'll find their names and links there too.
K Wyer Lane