Bill 'Bojangles' Robinson
Bill Robinson resided at the Dunbar Apartments
located across West 150th Street. In 1934, he
arranged to have this site developed as a public
playground. Throughout his life he gave generous
donations to and made personal appearances
for charity causes in Harlem and many United
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Arts, Letters, Music • Charity & Public Work • Parks & Recreational Areas.
Location. 40° 49.515′ N, 73° 56.249′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker is on West 150th Street west of Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 269 West 150th Street, New York NY 10039, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance
More about this marker. The marker and mural are located at the Bill "Bojangles" Robinson Playground.
Also see . . .
1. Little Colonel Bojangles Dance (YouTube, 3 min., colorized). Bill "Bojangles" Robinson teaches Shirley Temple his signature stair dance in this scene from The Little Colonel (1935). (Submitted on May 4, 2021.)
2. Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, 1878 – 1949 (Harlem World, April 23, 2018). "In 1908 in Chicago, he met Marty Forkins, who became his lifelong manager. Under Forkins’ tutelage, Robinson matured and began working as a solo act in nightclubs, increasing his earnings to an estimated $3500 per week. The publicity that gradually came to surround him included the creation of his famous “stair dance” (which he claimed to have invented on the spur of the moment when he was receiving some honor–he could never remember exactly what– from the King of England. (Submitted on May 4, 2021.)
Credits. This page was last revised on May 4, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 4, 2021, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 32 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on May 4, 2021, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.