Virginia State Song
"Carry Me Back to Ol' Virginny"
Official State Song Emeritus
Lyrics: James Allen Bland
Music: James Allen Bland
"Carry Me Back to Ol' Virginny" was written and composed by James Allen Bland in 1878. Bland was an African-American composer and entertainer from New York who wrote hundreds of popular songs, including "Oh, Dem Golden Slippers!". Starting in the 1970s, the song was decried for its positive depiction of slavery. In 1997 its official status was changed to the "state song emeritus," and in 1998, a committee was formed to conduct a competition for the selection of a new state song. The contest was suspended in 2000, and a replacement has yet to be designated. -World Trade Press