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The King Charles Troupe

Circus Ring Of Fame

 
 
The King Charles Troupe Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brandon D Cross, February 27, 2020
1. The King Charles Troupe Marker
Inscription.  
The King Charles Troupe, a group of young men and women originally from the South Bronx, New York, play an unbelievable game of high energy basketball on unicycles. In 1958, Jerry King founded the troupe with the support of his wife, Alma, as a community unicycle club that instilled the ideas of Christian principals, character building and discipline to give neighborhood youth an opportunity to become productive citizens. In 1968, the troupe made its debut as the first African American act in Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus. In 1980, the troupe was featured in a magic show in Las Vegas starring Siegfried and Roy. In 1994, the troupe joined forces with Universoul Circus and later toured Europe. The troupe returned to the Greatest Show On Earth in 2012. Now on its 5th generation, the troupe has performed to over 100 million fans in a 50-year career.

The Feld Family • Universoul Circus

 
Erected 2020 by The Feld Family, Universoul Circus and the Circus Ring of Fame Foundation.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Entertainment.
 
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27° 19.081′ N, 82° 34.646′ W. Marker is in Sarasota, Florida, in Sarasota County. Marker is at the intersection of St Armands Circle and John Ringling Boulevard, on the left when traveling south on St Armands Circle. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 St Armands Circle, Sarasota FL 34236, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Carrillos (here, next to this marker); Los Quiros (here, next to this marker); Guy Laliberte (here, next to this marker); Richter and Casselly Families (here, next to this marker); Galaxy Girl Tina Winn (a few steps from this marker); Willie Edelston (a few steps from this marker); George Carden (a few steps from this marker); The Advance Professionals (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sarasota.
 
More about this marker. The "Circus Ring Of Fame" recognizes those persons who made a significant contribution to the art and culture of the circus. With dozens of inductees from around the world. The Ring Of Fame began in 1986 as a way to honor world famous circus performers and the rich circus heritage of the Sarasota, Florida area.
 
Also see . . .  Circus Ring of Fame Foundation. (Submitted on March 22, 2020, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida.)
 
The King Charles Troupe Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brandon D Cross, February 27, 2020
2. The King Charles Troupe Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 24, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 22, 2020, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 179 times since then and 66 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 22, 2020, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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