Minstrel shows were quite common throughout the country into the mid-1950s. In
    Hopedale, they were held at the town hall. The early ones were put on by the
    American Legion, the Unitarian Church and possibly other groups. The last one
    was likely in the early fifties, although possibly later. By that time they were being
    done by the Union Church Men's Club. I think the pictures from the top are from
    that era. The ads are from the program with the 1939 Unitarian Church show.

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    These names turned up long after I was given the pictures. However,
    they seem to go with these photos. If you can confirm this or add more,
    please let me know. You can use the email link on the homepage.

    Thanks to Rev. Tony Lorenzen of the Hopedale Unitarian Parish for the following, much needed,
    addition to this page.

    I would like to suggest that you add to the page a statement about how minstrel shows are racist
    depictions of Black people by white people.  There is a statement at the bottom of the page that
    minstrel shows were common in America for many years, but no statement about them being racist
    and wrong.

    Given the current news about Virginia Governor Ralph Northam's admission that he wore blackface,
    it would be a great time to make the change and show that the curator of this wonderful historical
    resource acknowledges the racism inherent in minstrel shows and blackface and want to apologize
    for our foreparents' racist behavior.

    The history of blackface and minstrel shows aren't just a relic of a racist past but a problem of the
    racist present.  

    As a member congregation of the Unitarian Universalist Association committed to combating white
    supremacy culture in our denomination and in our society, my congregation and I hope you will
    address this issue.

    On behalf of the people of Hopedale we apologize for the harm these minstrel shows caused and
    still cause.