Bill “Bojangles” Robinson
Here, blocks from where he was born at 915 N. Third Street, famed tap dancer Bill “Bojangles” Robinson is memorialized in a small triangular park in historic Jackson Ward, the cradle of African American capitalism and culture in Richmond. Why this street corner? Well, the story goes that Robinson saw two students risk crossing this speedy intersection on the way to school. Incensed that the city neglected to provide traffic lights in the neighborhood, he lobbied the General Assembly and paid for Jackson Ward’s first traffic light in 1933, all to ensure the safety of students getting to school.
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