Bill "Bojangles" Robinson

Dana Ollestad and Jack Witt2018

The Valentine

The Valentine
Richmond, United States

The Bill "Bojangles" Robinson statue was cast in Reynolds Metal Company aluminum by Jack Witt and erected by the Astoria Beneficial Club in June 30, 1973. It's at the corner of Leigh and Adams streets, where in 1933 Robinson paid to have a stoplight installed after seeing children trying to cross at this busy intersection.

A monument to Richmond native Bill "Bojangles" Robinson (1878-1949), the statue has become a Jackson Ward landmark and the first erected in Richmond to honor an African American resident. Robinson became one of America's most popular musical comedy performers of his era.


  • Title: Bill "Bojangles" Robinson
  • Creator: Dana Ollestad, Jack Witt
  • Date Created: 2018, 1973
  • Location Created: Richmond, VA USA

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