Bill "Bojangles" Robinson commemorative service 40th year ceremony

6/12/2013, 3:26 p.m.
The 40th year celebration of the Bill "Bojangles" Robinson Statue will take place June 22.
The erection of the Mr. Bojangles statue will be held June 22.

— The Officers and Members of the Astoria Beneficial Club, Inc. announce the planned 40th year celebration of the erection of the Bill “Bojangles” Robinson Statue located at Adams and Leigh Streets to be held on Saturday, June 22 at 10:00 a.m.

There will be a wreath laying and an invited speaker, Richmonder and former Richmond School Board Member, Mr. Maurice A. Henderson, II. The general public is invited.

It is significant to note, while the City of Richmond has long enjoyed fame as the Southern City of many monuments, the “Bojangles” statue was a community-wide joint effort memorializing an African American and native Richmonder whose dancing ability carried him from dancing on Richmond sidewalks to the top of the entertainment world and becoming acclaimed as “King of Tap Dancers”.

Admired for his philanthropy as well, Robinson donated the first traffic control light north of Broad Street for the safety of Armstrong High School students.

This commemorative service is symbolic of the enthusiastic spirit of the Astoria Beneficial Club, Inc. with the intent to have thousands of residents and tourists visit Robinson Square and the statue, continuing to reflect a spirit shared with Bill Robinson which inspires meaningful service to all living in a complex society.