Frank Dumont was a vaudeville performer and among the most important African American minstrel players. His song “De Huckleberry Picnic, Plantation Song and Chorus” has nothing picnicky about it. The picnic allusion is satirical and suggests its opposite:
I float along on wings of peace,
I feel as slick’ry as axle grease;
Go tell Ulysis to fetch along Daul, Saul
Dar’s lots of room for de short and tall.
We’ll pass you in, ‘twont cost a cent,
No landlord’s ’round to collect de rent:
It’s free to all to ‘xamine de ground,
But don’t dodge de hat when it’s pass’d around.
Featured Image: Frank Dumont. “De Huckleberry Picnic, Plantation Song and Chorus” (New Bedford, MA, 1879); http://lcweb2.loc.gov/cgi-bin/ampage?collId=rpbaasm&fileName=0400/0412/rpbaasm0412page.db&recNum=0