Bland, James Allen
1854 - James Alan Bland was born on the 22nd of October in Flushing, New York.
1866 - When he was 12 and living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he saw an old black man playing a banjo and singing spirituals.
1868 - He was so talented and had become so proficient with the banjo that he was entertaining professionally at private parties and in hotels and restaurants from the time he was 14.
- At Howard University, he met a young lady named Mannie Friend.
1873 - Bland graduated from Howard University.
- Wrote songs "In the Evening by the Moonlight," O Dem Golden Slippers.
1878 - Published "Carry Me Back to Old Virginny".
1940-1997 - "Carry Me Back to Old Virginny" was the official State Song of Virginia.
1911 - James A. Bland died of tuberculosis on 5th of March in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1970 - James Bland was inducted into the Songwriters' Hall of Fame.
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