Born around 1842, Billy Kersands was the most popular Black comedian of the late-19th century specializing in minstrel shows. In addition to comedy, he was a talented dancer, singer and acrobat. Kersands played a number of instruments
Ned Haverly, grandson of J. Haverly who ran the United Mastodon Minstrels. Since he learned his act from one of the great century minstrels shows, we get a good glimpse into how minstrel shows really looked and sounded.
Acording to Farris State University jim crow laws were racial segregation laws in the U. from the years 1877 to the Some laws kept african americans from voting overall keeping the politicians in power no matter what.
The American minstrel performer Japanese Tommy, aka Thomas Dilward, circa Brady-Handy Photograph Collection. "Thomas Dilward also known by the stage name Japanese Tommy, was an African American dwarf who performed in the blackface minstrel show".
Lillyn Brown A veteran of vaudeville and musical theater. Her show business career began in 1894 when she left her home in Georgia traveling in a minstrel show. Born Lillian Thomas to an African American mother and Iroquois father.
March 1894 Loretta Mary Aiken (Jackie “Moms” Mabley), stand-up comedienne, was born in Brevard, North Carolina. At the age of Mabley ran away to Cleveland, Ohio with travelling minstrel show where she began singing and entertaining.