And they call the van "Mariah" (1846)
sclements at NEO.RR.COM
Tue Sep 30 05:37:13 UTC 2003
Not an antedating, as HDAS has 1843 for "Black Maria" as a police van,
specifically in Philadelphia. The next HDAS cite is 1847, also "Black
>From ancestry.com, Republican Compiler(Gettysburg, PA), Sept. 14, 1846.
p.2, col. 1
"No longer grace can be allowed these indifferent partizans: after the
stated hour, the committee must wake them, shake them, and if still
indifferent, force them into a carriage, like convicts in 'Black Mariah,'
and drive them to the polls, nolens volens."
This gives some legitimacy, I would think, to the first cite being from
Philadelphia. It is more important, IMHO, that the term is spelled "Mariah"
rather than "Maria." I assume that the writer understood the word to be
pronounced Ma RYE Ah, rather than Ma REE Ah. It was a black Ma RYE Ah as I
grew up in the 1950's.
I wonder now 'how' the name 'Maria' was pronounced in the early 1800's?
"Wake them, shake them." Zounds! Sounds like Sports Center.
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