Rhapsody in Black

Justin Holland and his guitar

Guitarist Justin Holland was also a civil-rights activist.Public domain


Rhapsody in Black - Justin Holland and his guitar

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February 17, 2022

Guitarist Justin Holland is not the first name that people think of when asked about the classical guitar. It might come as a surprise that one of the best guitar virtuosos of the 19th century was a free black Oberlin College graduate. He would later go on to help others attain freedom as a civil-rights activist who worked in the same national circles as Frederick Douglass.

Credits

Host: Tesfa Wondemagegnehu

Producer: Dan Nass

Writers: Andrea Blain and Scott Blankenship

Executive Producer: Julie Amacher