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    Bob Cole and Rosamond Johnson, songwriting partners and more -- by Black History Album, via Flickr. (And Rosamond was the brother of James Weldon Johnson)

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    Bob Cole (seated) and J.R. Johnson, two of the earliest African American songwriters to succeed on 1890's Broadway.

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