Front: Official song of the commonwealth of Virginia, That is until historical ignorance and political demagoguery prevailed in 1997 and reconstructed Virginians relegated this beautiful tune to: State Song Emeritus, the only State Song written by a black man: “James A Bland 1854-1911, First published in 1878
Back: James A Bland’s song and the emotion it aspires deserves more respect than it has received in these times. It is simply a beautiful picture in song of Christian familial love and affection.
Carry me back to old Virginny, There’s where the cotton and the corn and tatoes grow, There’s where the birds warble sweet in the springtime, There’s where the old darkie’s heart am long’d to go.
The Virginia Legislature demonstrated it’s historical ignorance and reconstruction cowardice on January 28, 1997.