Florence Mills

  • American

Popular African American singer who in the 1920s achieved stardom on Broadway and in Europe, thus becoming a symbol of success for Black Americans. Ms Mills starred in such productions as "Shuffle Along", the first large-scale musical composed, directed and performed by African Americans. With her performance, she became the "Toast of Broadway" overnight, and was regarded as a role model for African Americans. Her death at age 32 cut short her burgeoning career and her efforts to improve race relations. - NRHP 8 December 1976

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Timeline

Y/M/D Description Association Composition Place Locale Food Event
Y/M/D Description Association Composition Place Locale Food Event
1910/00/00 Florence Mills Home, 1910-1927 Home Florence Mills House New York City
1920/00/00 Florence Mills plays the Palace. Vaudevillian Palace Theatre New York City
1921/05/23 'Shuffle Along' premieres, runs for 504 performances at the Cort 63rd Street Theatre, 22 W 63rd St, NYC (demolished), Florence Mills stared August 1921 to May 1922 Actress Shuffle Along
1924/00/00 Florence Mills headlines at the Plantation Club, but would tour during the summer months Performer Sam Salvin's Plantation Club site New York City
1926/01/24 Florence Mills sings "Levee Land", four jazz-based songs composed for the occasion by William Grant Still, conducted by Eugene Goossens. Performer Aeolian Building New York City
1927/11/01 Florence Mills dies of 'paralytic ileus', a complication from an operation for pelvic tuberculosis Died
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