• Ragtime Music

      Charles (Buddy) Bolden was born in 1877 in New Orleans. Not much is known about his early youth and much is unconfirmed myths. One thing that is known is that his father died when he was six. Buddy played the cornet. One of the stories told about his life was that he...

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    • Tap Dancing (and more)

      His name was believed to be William Lane, but he went by his stage name of Master Juba. He was thought to be born in Rhode Island around 1825 to free parents. As a young man, he lived in slums in New York that was the home to African Americans and Irish immigrants....

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