Master of Congo Square

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Master of Congo Square - : His-inimitable a Congo Square. The Master of...
: His-inimitable a Congo Square. The Master of Ceremonies. No stranger in this city of New Orleans who is anxious to see all the large and Bin all lions of the place, to say nothing of the " elephant, should fail to visit, of a Sunday afternoon, the square in Rampart street, commonly called "Congo Square. The scene is novel, interesting, and highly amusing. In various parts of the square a number of male and female negroes assemble, dressed in their holiday clothes, with the very gayest bandana handkerchiefs upon the heads of the females, and, accompanied by the thump ingof a banjo or drum, or the squealing of a greasy cremona, perform the most grotesque African dances. JNo devotee to the Polka or Mazurka in the most recherche ball room can enjoy the giddy mazes of the dance more than these sable performers. - At one time there will be five or six upon the ground dancing and breaking down for dear life, and occasionally laughing and screaming with delight, while the companions who surround them find it difficult to sit or stand still, so infectious is the desire to dance among the blacks. Until we saw these amateurs in Congo Square we thought that John Smith and ricaninny Coleman were some: but if those worthy individuals could gaze upen the dark beauties of the square, they would beat their brains out with their own tamborines. John Smith i3 nowhere there isn't any such individual and never was. The " dimes" from the inactive and admiring spectators serve to " rosin the bow," and keep the musicians in tune. As fast as one set of dancers become exhausted they are rudely bade to "stand out de way, niggers," by a fresh set. The most conspicuous personage in these merry-makings merry-makings merry-makings is the niQBter of ceremonies,' who is certainly a most distinguished individual. Every fair Sun day afternoon he may be found at his post, ex erting himself to the utmost to promote bar' mony. He always has a little circle of his own which he surrounds by ropes and posts to keep out Ihe vulgar, and only the most distingue are admitted within the magic ring. This same presiding deity is a short, stout negro, some what advanced in years, and with a rotundity that would not disgrace a London alderman. In his ears he wears a modest pair of ear-rings, ear-rings, ear-rings, and his head, which is a perfect marvel n. its way in fact a nonsuch, is surmounted by a wtute bat ot venerable date, around which a wisp of black crape is jauntily twisted, rivin? -i -i . . . mis remarkable individual a peculiarly killing appearance. He is generally dressed in a suit of blue and white mixed, with a black vest of porteriUons dimensions, upon which hangs an enormous silyer chain ; and by his excessive urbanity to his patrons is pronounced by all. me very veau weai oi a master of ceremonies as of 1 to

Clipped from The Times-Picayune22 Mar 1846, SunPage 2

The Times-Picayune (New Orleans, Louisiana)22 Mar 1846, SunPage 2
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