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Eugene Alexander Burkes

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User:Theroadislong he has an entry in the African American Artists source. He composed several songs and performs on a historic early recording of a notable song. So he's received substantial coverage and produced significant works. His artworks are also in major collections as is noted. FloridaArmy (talk) 11:29, 20 August 2022 (UTC)

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Eugene Alexander Burkes (1880 - 1951) was an artist and musician in the United States.

He was born in Virginia and both his parents had been enslaved. He lived in Newark, New Jersey. He was referred to as a virtuoso on piano.[1] He studied at the Newark School of Fine and Industrial Arts.[2] He taught music.[3]

His painting "The Slave Mother" was presented to the Oakland Municipal Art Gallery for its permanent collection by the Far-Western Interracial Committee.[4] He composed the theme song for the Unity Club of Boston.[5]

He played piano on a Southland Jubilee Singers recording of "My Lord's Gonna Move This Wicked Race".[6]

He died in 1951.[7]


  • "My Home is Down in Dixie, Where the Cotton Grows"[8]
  • "Song of Victory"[9]
  • "Lincoln and the Starry Flag"[10]


  1. Kukla, Barbara J. (February 19, 2005). Defying the Odds: Triumphant Black Women of Newark. Swing City Press. ISBN 9780976813002 – via Google Books. Search this book on
  2. Foundation, Harmon (February 19, 1931). "Exhibition of the Work of Negro Artists". The Foundation – via Google Books.
  3. Macklin, Anderson Delano (February 19, 2001). A Biographical History of African-American Artists, A-Z. Edwin Mellen Press. ISBN 9780773476769 – via Google Books. Search this book on
  4. Johnson, Sargent Claude; Museum, Oakland (February 19, 1971). "Sargent Johnson, Retrospective: The Oakland Museum, Art Division Special Gallery, February 23 to March 21, 1971". The Museum – via Google Books.
  6. "Elkins-Payne Jubilee Singers / Southland Jubilee Singers - When The Saints Go Marching In / My Lord's Gonna Move This Wicked Race" – via
  7. "The Daily News Leader from Staunton, Virginia on August 8, 1951 · 9".
  8. Bois, William Edward Burghardt Du (February 19, 1969). "Crisis". Crisis Publishing Company – via Google Books.
  9. Parker, Bernard S. (February 19, 2007). World War I Sheet Music: 9,670 Patriotic Songs Published in the United States, 1914-1920, with More Than 600 Covers Illustrated. McFarland. ISBN 9780786427987 – via Google Books. Search this book on
  10. "CONTENTdm".
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