Little Known Black History Fact: The Muse Brothers

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The tale of George and Willie Muse, albino brothers living in the rural South during the late 1800s, is stirring.

According to accounts, the brothers were kidnapped as boys, sold off to a local carnival sideshow and paraded around the country. The Muse brothers were a rarity: Black albinos would be a lucrative attraction for a carnival with a so-called “human oddities” segment. According to a report by The Roanoke Times, the brothers were tricked by a bounty hunter working for a sideshow promoter and taken away from their mother. The man told the brothers that their mother was dead.

In the circus, the dreadlocked brothers were first said to hail from “a colony of sheep-headed people.” The brothers learned to play guitar and mandolin, which became a feature of their act. Showman Al G. Barnes then promoted them as White Ecuadorian cannibals. The Muse…

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  1. This is incredible! And so unbelievably tragic!! My mum studied at Roanoke, VA and came from a town on the border of DE and MA where blacks and whites STILL live on different sides of the (now defunct) railroad tracks. I’m really shocked at how black slavery still overshadows America. There’s an apology waiting to be heard.

    1. I absolutely agree with you. I definitely believe acknowledgment from the white media & govt is by time due. They act as though discrimination does not exsist but that the advantage of upper privilege. It was cool to learn that about your mom. Thanks for commenting 🙂

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