Sarasota in Sarasota County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
George A. Hamid, Sr., George A. Hamid Jr., James M. Hamid Sr., James M. Hamid Jr.
— Circus Ring of Fame —
Hailing from Broumana, Lebanon, George, Sr., an acrobat, arrived in America in 1908 with Buffalo Bill Wild West and was taught to read and write English by Annie Oakley. He opened his first circus at age 17. This was the first circus in the United States to travel by truck. By 1920 he created the world’s largest agency for circus and outdoor talent. In 1932, Hamid-Morton Circus, the most venerable and pre-eminent of sponsored circuses, was born. The Hamid Family, spanning 4 generations, has continued this sawdust legacy, through their philanthropic pursuits for the circus community and by providing the best in live family entertainment.
Erected 2016 by Maxine House, Paul and Diane Gutheil, Felix Adler-Paul Binder Tent #12, Adam Forepaugh-Barry Lubin Tent #2 and George A. Hamid Tent #109 and the Circus Ring of Fame Foundation, Inc.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Entertainment Roads & Vehicles.
Location. 27° 19.101′ N, 82° 34.602′ W. Marker is in Sarasota, Florida, in Sarasota County. Marker is at the intersection of St Armands Circle and Fillmore Dive, on the left when traveling east on St Armands Circle. Marker is located on the east area of the 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. Jumbo (here, next to this marker); Kenny Dodd (here, next to this marker); Charles Schlarbaum (here, next to this marker); Jean “Tarzan” Zerbini (here, next to this marker); The Three Atayde Brothers (here, next to this marker); Tony Steele (here, next to this marker); Ward Hall (here, next to this marker); Manuel “Junior” Ruffin (here, next to this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sarasota.
Regarding Hamid Family. 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. (Submitted on March 28, 2020, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on April 5, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 28, 2020, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 124 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on March 28, 2020, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.