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Robinson, Billlocked

(25 May 1878–25 November 1949)
  • Constance Valis Hill

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Robinson, Bill (25 May 1878–25 November 1949), African-American tap dancer, known as “Bojangles,” was born Luther Robinson in Richmond, Virginia, the son of Maxwell Robinson, a machinist, and Maria (maiden name unknown), a choir director. After both parents died in an accident around 1885, Luther and his brother William lived with their grandmother, Bedilia Robinson, a former slave who sought salvation through faith and disavowed dancing of any kind in her house. Too old and infirm to care for the boys, she entrusted them to a local judge, John Crutchfield....

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