Schepp’s Minstrel Revue

Original professional group photo of “Schepp’s Minstrel Revue” which included blackface performers, featuring Grover Scheppelman (d. 2-27-1938) of Louisville KY. Grover is the gentleman in the center of the photo. 8″x10″ Silver Gelatin Photo by: Schumacher, Nashville TN (Possibly pre 1920) Grover also toured with Al G. Field Minstrels, and Lasses White Allstar Minstrels during […]

Monarchs of Minstrelsy (1911)

It provides the history of minstrel shows, the ubiquitous nineteenth-century pop culture phenomenon which combined song, dance, and comic sketches based on racist stereotypes. This history of minstrelsy in 19th-century America, written by the son of a well-known black-face performer, is lavishly illustrated with images of playbills, cartoons and minstrelsy troupes, along with portraits and […]


Blackface is a form of theatrical makeup used in minstrel shows, and later vaudeville, in which performers create a stereotyped caricature of a black person. The practice gained popularity during the 19th century and contributed to the proliferation of stereotypes such as the “happy-go-lucky darky on the plantation” or the “dandified coon”. In 1848, blackface […]

TA.TV: Blackface- “Cotton and Chick Watts” (1951)

Even by minstrel show standards, Cotton Watts was far more extreme and offensive than most blackface comedians of his time. This clip includes the classic “Lion Tamer” bit and an excellent dance routine in “slap shoes.” This is a clip from “Yes Sir, Mr. Bones” (1951). Read about the history of blackface and minstrel shows […]