Bill "Bojangles" Robinon

by Will Pomeroy

Bill "Bojangles" Robinson Memorial




Where is it?

  • the intersection of old Brook Road, West Leigh and Price Streets, in the south corner of Bojangles park in Jackson Ward in Richmond,Virginia.

Artist?

  • John Temple Witt

When was it dedicated?

  • June 30,1973

Description

  • 9 ½ foot aluminum statue of famous tap dancer Bill “Bojangles” Robinson which sits on a 6 foot pedestal. The memorial pictures Bojangles Robinson tap dancing down a flight of stairs.

What does it tell you about history?

  • He was a dancing figure in the Black and White entertainment world and is known for his dancing with Shirley Temple. It is also said that he paid money for the city of Richmond to include a stoplight at an intersection.

Where is it?

  • the intersection of old Brook Road, West Leigh and Price Streets, in the south corner of Bojangles park in Jackson Ward in Richmond,Virginia.

Artist?

  • John Temple Witt

When was it dedicated?

  • June 30,1973

Description

  • 9 ½ foot aluminum statue of famous tap dancer Bill “Bojangles” Robinson which sits on a 6 foot pedestal. The memorial pictures Bojangles Robinson tap dancing down a flight of stairs.

What does it tell you about history?

  • This memorial depicts him dancing the stairs much like he did in Shirley Temple. He was a dancing figure in the Black and White entertainment world and is known for his dancing with Shirley Temple.Additionally, he was the "toast" of Broadway and a Hollywood dancing star.It is also said that he paid money for the city of Richmond to include a stoplight at an intersection. He was born in Richmond.