Richmond, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Bill “Bojangles” Robinson
Dancer • Actor • Humanitarian
Native Son of Richmond
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. It is in the Bill “Bojangles” Robinson Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Richmond VA 23220, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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 Richmond’s First African American Police Officers (approx. 0.2 miles away); Officer Vernon L. Jarrelle (approx. 0.2 miles away); A Legacy on Leigh Street (approx. 0.2 miles away); Maggie Lena Walker (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map 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 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 (Submitted on April 6, 2014.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 29, 2007, by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 3,542 times since then and 44 times this year. This page was the Marker of the Week April 6, 2014. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 29, 2007, by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia. 3. submitted on July 31, 2007, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. 4. submitted on July 29, 2007, by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia. 5, 6. submitted on May 10, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. 7. submitted on July 29, 2007, by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.