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Charles Sidney Gilpin

Charles Sidney Gilpin was a break-through stage actor – one of the first African American performers to transcend the racial barriers of the early 20th century. But his career is a gripping reminder of the dual threats of racial prejudice and economic hardship.

Barn Dance

 Commentator Brooks Smith shares a story about the Old Dominion Barn Dance. In this “Rediscovering Richmond” segment, he tips a hat at its successor, the New Dominion Barn Dance, which featured “The Country Cavaliers,” an award-winning house band that also hosted a television show on Channel 8 (ABC) for many years. Though the new review did not have Sunshine Sue, it did have its share of visiting celebrities, including Johnny Cash, Ray Price, Buck Owens and Little Jimmy Dickens.