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Bill “Bojangles” Robinson

 
 
Bill "Bojangles" Robinson Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, July 28, 2007
1. Bill "Bojangles" Robinson Marker
Inscription.
December 14, 1878 – November 25, 1949.
Dancer • Actor • Humanitarian
Native Son of Richmond
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Internationally famous actor and dancer rendered many kindnesses to the citizens of Richmond.

 
Erected 1973 by the Astoria Beneficial Club and the Citizens of Richmond.
 
Location. 37° 32.962′ N, 77° 26.422′ W. Marker is in Richmond, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of Leigh Street (County Route 33) and Adams Street, on the left when traveling east on Leigh Street. Click for map. It is in the Bill “Bojangles” Robinson Park. Marker is in this post office area: Richmond VA 23220, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Leigh Street Armory (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Ebenezer Baptist Church (about 500 feet away); Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church (about 600 feet away); John Jasper (about 700 feet away); Richmond’s First African American Police Officers
“Bill Robinson”, by John Witt image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, July 28, 2007
2. “Bill Robinson”, by John Witt
Also known as “Bojangles,” this 9½ foot high aluminum sculpture by Jack Witt on black marble base, dedicated June 30, 1973, is a portrait of dancer and actor Bill “Bojangles” Robinson dancing on two steps wearing his trademark derby hat.
(approx. 0.2 miles away); A Legacy on Leigh Street (approx. 0.2 miles away); Quality Row (approx. 0.2 miles away); Saint Joseph Catholic Church (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Richmond.
 
More about this marker. From the Smithonian Institution Research Information System: “The sculpture was commissioned by the Astoria Beneficial Club. The artist based his portrait on a five-second newsreel and a print from the film The Little Colonel, which Robinson made with Shirley Temple. The sculpture is made of aluminum donated by the Reynolds Metals Company. Funding for the sculpture was raised through public contributions.
 
Also see . . .
1. Bill Robinson. Wikipedia encyclopedia entry. (Submitted on July 31, 2007.) 

2. Bill “Bojangles” Robinson. Two minute YouTube clip of Bill “Bojangles” Robinson dancing and singing in the 1938 film Just Around the Corner.” (Submitted on July 31, 2007.) 

3. Stormy Weather.
1943 film available on
Bill Robinson image. Click for full size.
By Carl Van Bechten, January 25, 1933
3. Bill Robinson
Public Domain photograph from Wikipedia Commons.
Amazon.com. “Vaguely based on the life of Bill "Bojangles" Robinson himself, Stormy Weather offers the story of a WWI vet who falls in love with a singer--and under her influence goes into show business, only to find that their careers draw them in different directions. As a story, it is pretty slim stuff... but as a collection of musical turns by some of the early 1940s best black talent, it simply can't be beat. Robinson was, of course, one of the truly great dancers of his era. Made late in his career, this film doesn't really manage to capture the scope of his talents, but he remains a constant joy to watch. (Submitted on April 6, 2014.) 
 
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Detail of the statue image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, July 28, 2007
4. Detail of the statue
Bill 'Bojangles' Robinson in Harlem image. Click for full size.
By Carl Van Vechten, February 6, 1932
5. Bill 'Bojangles' Robinson in Harlem
VCU Libraries Digital Collections - Rarely Seen Richmond
Bill 'Bojangles' Robinson image. Click for full size.
By Carl Van Vechten, February 6, 1932
6. Bill 'Bojangles' Robinson
Closeup of Photo No. 5
Statue on the corner of Leigh and Adams. image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, July 28, 2007
7. Statue on the corner of Leigh and Adams.
To make the road crossing safer for school children, Mr. Robinson paid for the traffic light at this intersection.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 3,323 times since then and 7 times this year. This page was the Marker of the Week Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia.   3. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.   4. submitted on , by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia.   5, 6. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.   7. submitted on , by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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