Who are you

Tags: J. Lewis Marks.
Who are you
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A frightened buxom scullery maid holds her hands up as she sees a black man approach offering her a brightly coloured cockerel, she says Who are you? To which he replies Jim Crow,.
The term Jim Crow is believed to have originated around 1830 when a white, minstrel show performer, Thomas "Daddy" Rice, blackened his face with charcoal paste or burnt cork and danced a ridiculous jig while singing the lyrics to the song, "Jump Jim Crow." Rice created this character after seeing (while traveling in the South) a crippled, elderly black man (or some say a young black boy) dancing and singing a song ending with these chorus words:
"Weel about and turn about and do jis so,
Eb'ry time I weel about I jump Jim Crow."