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Many stories of unsung heroes go untold, and James Reese Europe is one of those heroes. Quoted from some as the founding father of "ragtime & jazz", James left his home in Mobile, Alabama as a young adult and moved to New York City, James Reese Europe founded the first all African American orchestra and trade union named the "Clef Club Orchestra". James lead the orchestra all the way to the iconic Carnegie Hall where he was the first African American to perform at the iconic venue.
Check out the video above to watch James's great-grandson, Robert F. Europe, discover even more about his great grandfather's legacy and contribution to American culture.
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