January 25, 1896 - November 1, 1927


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Musical feature

One of  Florence Mills' closest friends and supporters was African American classical composer William Grant Still.
Here, from "Miss Sally's Party" is his piece  on the Cakewalk contest.
 Florence Mills won many cakewalk contests in her early years

The Cakewalk Contest

This can be obtained, along with other interesting items, from: William Grant Still Music, run by the composer's family



                       Florence Mills Month by Month
                  ;        JUNE               
    1900    Counted with Winfrey family in US Census for Goat Alley, DC
1911    Plays Lincoln Theatre, Harlem as member of the Mills Sisters
    1915    Plays Dudley Theatre DC with partner Ethel "Kinky" Caldwell (Clark)
    1917    Featured at Lincoln Theatre under own name ( first time) as "Harlem's dainty 
                sweet singer"
Plays Pantages Theatre, Minneapolis, with the Panama Trio 
    1920    Stars at Harlem's Lafayette Theatre in own show Plantation Revue
1923    Attends London party given by Lady Cunard, along with Irene Castle disguised 
                as 2nd Florence Mills
    1925    First Black female to head the bill at vaudeville's famous Palace Theatre
    1926    Featured star, with Maurice Chevalier, at Paris charity show for French legend 
                Eugenie Buffet
    1926    Mobbed by English fans when recognized at Royal Ascot races
    1927    Final London engagement of Blackbirds of 1927 closes at Strand Theatre

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