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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: Stephen Foster's Horse Jawbone

Small museum of artifacts related to composer Stephen Foster includes a horse's jawbone used as a percussion instrument in a minstrel show.

Stephen Foster Memorial Museum

4200 Fifth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA
Just south of the Cathedral of Learning.
M-F, 9 - 4. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Free (donation requested)
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Stephen Foster's Horse Jawbone

Stephen Foster, composer of the songs "Camptown Races" and "Oh! Susanna," was a native of Pittsburgh. The Stephen Foster Memorial Museum (originally designed as a shrine) is a small collection containing artifacts from Foster's life, including a cured horse's jawbone that was used as a percussion instrument during the minstrel show "Angelina Baker."

[John Takao Collier, 07/27/2015]

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