Bates, Clayton (“Peg Leg”)
- Alonford James Robinson
Clayton Bates was born in Fountain Inn, South Carolina. He lost his leg in a cottonseed mill accident at age twelve but decided at age fifteen to tour the country with a homemade wooden leg. Bates worked as a minstrel in racially integrated vaudeville circuits. He danced in Harlem ...
A version of this article originally appeared in Africana: The Encyclopedia of the African and African American Experience.