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W.E.B. Du Bois Papers

Series 12. Pageants, 1913-1941, n.d.

.33 box (0.13 linear feet)

MS 312

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"The Star of Ethiopia" pageant advertisement, 1915

"The Star of Ethiopia" pageant advertisement, 1915

Du Bois' pageants were large-scale presentations on the course of Black history that were designed to appeal to a mass audience. His most famous pageant, The Star of Ethiopia, designed for a cast of 1,000, was presented in 1913 in New York, in 1915 in Washington, in 1916 in Philadelphia, and in 1925 in Los Angeles. The Star of Ethiopia papers include typescripts and manuscripts, stage directions, posters, programs, and financial records of some productions. Manuscripts for other pageants include George Washington and Black Folk: A Pageant for the Bicentennary, 1732-1932; The Jewel of Ethiopia; The Seven Gifts of Ethiopia; The Nine Tales of Black Folk, and others.

The pageants are arranged alphabetically by title.