Remarkable Ohio


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18-42 Snowden Family Band

Side A: The Snowden Family Band was an acclaimed African-American stringband who performed in and around Knox County for nearly seventy years, from the 1850s into the 1920s. Buried in Morris Chapel Cemetery are Thomas Snowden (1803-1856), his wife Ellen Cooper Snowden (1817-1894), and their nine children: Oliver, Sophia, Mary, Ben, Lew, Phebe, Martha, Elsie, and Annie. Born into slavery in Maryland, Thomas and Ellen separately relocated to Knox County and to freedom during the 1820s. They married in 1834. In the 1850s, the six surviving children formed a band under Ellen’s direction. Talented musicians, the Snowden Family performed banjo and fiddle music for public events and at their homestead near Mount Vernon. Many believe that the song “Dixie,” attributed to minstrel Daniel Decatur Emmett (1815-1904), originated with the Snowden Family Band.
Side B: same
Sponsors: Morris Township Trustees, Ohio History Connection
Address: 15375 Hyatt Road, 
Mount Vernon, 
Location: Near the entrance to the cemetery and approximately 150 feet from the Snowden family graves.
Latitude: 40.457004
Longitude: -82.472293