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Henry Anderson (born 1800) was a Philadelphia-area street vendor known as The Hominy Man, who became a local legend, beginning in about 1828, for his cries, which he used to hawk his wares.[1] His were said to be the "most musical of all cries", and he was noted for his "strong resonant 'tenor robusto'".[2]

Two examples of his cries:

Hominy man come out today
For to sell his hominay[3]
De hominy man is on his way
From de navy yard
With his harmony[4]


  • Hester, Karlton E. (2004). Bigotry and the Afrocentric Jazz Evolution. Global Academic Publishing. ISBN 1586842285.  
  • Southern, Eileen (1997). Music of Black Americans. New York: W.W. Norton & Co.. ISBN 0393038432.  


  1. ^ Hester, pg. 48
  2. ^ Southern, pgs. 124-125
  3. ^ Southern, pg. 125 cites Scharf, John Thomas (1884). History of Philadelphia. 2. Philadelphia. pp. 930.  
  4. ^ Southern, pg. 125 cites Oberholtzer. Philadelphia. 2. pp. 95.  


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