Sherman H. Dudley

Businessperson, Deceased Person

1872 – 1940

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Who was Sherman H. Dudley?

Sherman Houston Dudley was an African-American vaudeville performer and theatre entrepreneur. He gained notability in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century as an individual performer, a composer of ragtime songs, and as a member and later owner of various minstrel shows including the Smart Set. Dudley is also notable as one of the first African Americans to combine business with theater, by starting a black theater circuit, in which theaters were owned or operated by African Americans and provided entertainment by and for African Americans.

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Born
1872
United States of America
Also known as
  • Sherman Dudley
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Died
Mar 1, 1940

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on July 23, 2013

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