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Bojangles Park.  Harlem, New York.  Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, 1878-1949, would become very widely known as a dancer and actor when he performed in movies with Shirley Temple in the 1930s, but he had begun his performing career more than forty years earlier and had made his New York City debut in 1892. He would be featured in Blackbirds of 1928, a black revue whose successful debut two years earlier at the Alhambra paved the way for successful runs in Europe and on Broadway. He also co-founded the New York Black Yankees and was known for his generosity of spirit.