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Reuben Crowders went by the name Ernest Hogan. He referred to himself as the Unbleached American. Hogan was born in the Shake Rag District of Bowling Green, KY. He was an accomplished comedian, actor, dancer, songwriter, and playwright. One of his many songs was the controversial “All Coons Look Alike to Me,” written by Hogan in 1896. The cartoonist’s interpretation of the song was published in The St. Louis Republic newspaper in 1903. Ernest Hogan is buried in Bowling Green, KY. In 2009, a historical marker was erected in his honor at the L&N Depot in Bowling Green. There are Ernest Hogan research materials housed at the Western Kentucky University Special Collections Library.

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Ernest Hogan. Billy Rose Theatre Collection photograph file. New York Public Library Digital Collections.
Newspaper cartoon depicting song “All Coons Look Alike to Me” beside photo image of Ernest Hogan. The St. Louis Republic, 09/13/1903, p.52.


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