The City of Richmond, home to many statues and monuments and the famous "Monument Avenue," dedicated this statue in June, 1973. It is located at a small (very small) triangle "park" at Adams and Leigh Streets, not too far from downtown. The statue is aluminum on a marble base. Bojangles Robinson is depicted tap dancing down two steps. Just a few yards away from the statue is an old animal drinking fountain.....interesting.
Bill "Jojangles" Robinson was born in Richmond in 1878. He spent part of his youth "sidewalk dancing." He went on to co-star with Shirley Temple in several memorable films. He died in NYC in 1949, penniless.
May 25, his birthday, was designated as "National Tap Dance Day" by Congress in 1989.
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