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Bill Bojangles Robinson Playground

Bill "Bojangles" Robinson Mural map_it

  • Architect: Brandon Adams (Landscape architect)
  • Description: Mural, period street lamp, plaque
  • Materials: Mural--aluminum panels (¼" thick, coated with Duranar Fluoropolymer); plaque--bronze
  • Dimensions: H: 15' W: 17 '; Plaque H: 1'4" W: 1'8"
  • Cast: November 1, 1991
  • Dedicated: February 27, 1992
  • Donor: Office of the Mayor
  • Inscription: BILL 'BOJANGLES' ROBINSON / BILL 'BOJANGLES' ROBINSON (1878-1949) WAS A WELL / KNOWN TAP DANCER FROM THE EARLY 1900's TO THE / LATE 1940's. HE PERFORMED IN THEATERS ON BROADWAY / AND THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES AND EUROPE, / AND STARRED IN SEVERAL HOLLYWOOD MADE MOVIES. / DANCE CRITICS REFER TO HIM AS THE ''MASTER / OF TAP DANCING." /

    BILL ROBINSON RESIDED AT THE DUNBAR APARTMENTS / LOCATED ACROSS WEST 150TH STREET. IN 1934, HE / ARRANGED TO HAVE THE SITE DEVELOPED AS A PUBLIC / PLAYGROUND. THROUGHOUT HIS LIFE HE GAVE GENEROUS / DONATIONS TO AND MADE PERSONAL APPEARANCES / FOR CHARITY CAUSES IN HARLEM AND IN MANY UNITED / STATES CITIES. /

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