On November 1, musician and scholar, Jake Blount, and Jayme Kurland, MFA curatorial research fellow, Department of Musical Instruments, will explore the complex history of the banjo through the lens of slavery, racism, appropriation, and its changing musical traditions. Often considered “America’s Instrument,” many do not realize that the banjo began its life as a gourd-resonated string instrument in Africa and was first brought to the Americas on slave ships. A number of examples from the MFA’s collection will be on hand for study and demonstration for this program.