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date: 05 April 2020

Bates, Clayton (“Peg Leg”) locked

1907–1998 African American tap dancer who performed in Harlem nightclubs and appeared on the show of American television personality Ed Sullivan.
  • Alonford James Robinson

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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.

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