Ned Haverly, grandson of J. Haverly who ran the United Mastodon Minstrels. Since he learned his act from one of the great century minstrels shows, we get a good glimpse into how minstrel shows really looked and sounded.
The American minstrel performer Japanese Tommy, aka Thomas Dilward, circa Brady-Handy Photograph Collection. "Thomas Dilward also known by the stage name Japanese Tommy, was an African American dwarf who performed in the blackface minstrel show".
March 1894 Loretta Mary Aiken (Jackie “Moms” Mabley), stand-up comedienne, was born in Brevard, North Carolina. At the age of Mabley ran away to Cleveland, Ohio with travelling minstrel show where she began singing and entertaining.