Folk music/jazz crossover instrument
William Boucher Jr. of Baltimore, MD, built this 5-string banjo in 1846, the year the Smithsonian was founded, and donated it to the Institution about a half century later. Banjos are stringed musical instruments of African origin, popularized in the United States by African-American slaves in the 1800s. Today banjos are widely played in American folk music as well as in jazz ensembles.
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