J. Mason Brewer, possibly the best known writer of Black folklore in the United States, dies.
1975 (Jan 24)
J. Mason Brewer, possibly the best known writer of Black folklore in the United States, died in Commerce, Texas, at age seventy eight. Brewer wrote some of his stories and poems in Black dialect so ancient that it was difficult for most people to read. Others were written in standard English. Prior to his death, Brewer had served as a vice president of the American Folklore Society and a member of the Texas Institute of Letters and the Texas Folklore Society. He was a lecturer at Yale University, the University of Southern California, and the University of Texas, and a Distinguished Visiting Professor at East Texas State University. The late J. Frank Dobie, himself a distinguished folklorist, once called Brewer "the best storyteller of Negro folklore anywhere in the world.”