Hey Charleston!: The True Story of the Jenkins Orphanage Band

Written by Anne F. Rockwell and Illustrated by Colin Bootman

What happened when a former slave took beat-up old instruments and gave them to a bunch of orphans? Thousands of futures got a little brighter and a great American art form was born. In 1891, Reverend Daniel Joseph Jenkins opened his orphanage in Charleston, South Carolina. He soon had hundreds of children and needed a way to support them. Jenkins asked townspeople to donate old band instruments—some of which had last played in the hands of Confederate soldiers in the Civil War. He found teachers to show the kids how to play. Soon the orphanage had a band. And what a band it was.

Age Range 7 - 11 years
Copyright Year
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Carolrhoda Books
Grade Level 2nd - 5th
Lexile 1040L