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Itinerant Performers

Presented by Newport Historical Society at Newport Historical Society, Newport RI

Jun 04 2020
Itinerant Performers

Join the Newport Historical Society for a talk with author John Hodgson on Itinerant Performers on Thursday, June 4th, 2020 at 5:30pm in the Leatherman Program Center at 82 Touro Street, Newport, RI.

Discover the untold history of Richard Potter, known as America’s first Black Celebrity, and the first showman to win truly nationwide fame in the 1800s. Working as a magician and ventriloquist, he personified for an entire generation what a popular performer was and made an invaluable contribution to establishing popular entertainment as a major part of American life.

Richard Potter’s performances were enjoyed by an enormous public, including the residents of Newport, but his life off

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General admission costs $5 per person, $1 for Newport Historical Society members along with retired and active duty military.


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