Pittsburgh: Liberty Show Print, . Poster on white card stock, 14.5 x 22.5 inches. Halftone portrait of an African American Knights of Pythias band. One corner chipped; some light wear and soiling and spotting; in very good condition. Item #20393
An attractive poster advertising a concert and dance at the popular Washington Gardens venue, with the Colonial Band of Pittsburgh, "40 Pieces, Fritz Hawkins, Director, Formerly Grand Lodge Band K. of P. Penna. Members of Local 471 A. F. of M." Hawkins (1888-1934) had been an early leader of the famed (segregated) local 471, the muscians' union whose headquarters in the Hill District were known as a social hub for African American muscians in Pittsburgh. Hawkins soon after this show saw his name dragged through the public prints in the Black press in Pittsburgh because of marital problems (" 'Friend' is Forced to Pay Fine," Pittsburgh Courier, 29 May 1926) but seems otherwise to have been a fixture on the music scene--including his efforts to desegregate local performance venues. The names of the presiding officers of the even seem to crop up as members of local African American orchestras.