George Washington Dixon


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(1808?–61), singer and dancer. One of the earliest blackface entertainers, he was briefly popular in the late 1820s and early 1830s and claimed to have written and introduced the once well-known “Old Zip Coon.” He later abandoned the stage to edit a notoriously scurrilous newspaper and died in poverty in New Orleans.

From The Oxford Companion to American Theatre in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Theatre.

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