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This is a scan of an old publicity photograph of Helen Mitchell, a Black Vaudevillian actress who performed in various productions written by Noble Sissle & Eubie Blake.

Three Unknown Black Vaudevillian Actresses in 1921 by The Nite Tripper, via Flickr

1921 three unknown Black vaudevillian actresses performed in a Eubie Blake & Noble Sissle theatrical production.

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Young Mulatto Slave.

These 3 girls were part of a group of former slaves from New Orleans sent to the North on a publicity tour to raise money for schools that served former slaves run by abolitionist groups after the Union Army occupied much of Louisiana in 1863, and to arouse the sympathy of countrymen who were preoccupied by war, and ambivalent on the issue of  slavery. One of the major reasons for the great success of this campaign was that four of the children were of mixed race.....but looked white.

The 'white' slave children of New Orleans: Images of pale mixed-race slaves used to drum up sympathy among wealthy donors in 1860s

The 'white' slave children of New Orleans: Images of pale mixed-race slaves used to drum up sympathy among wealthy donors in

The legendary Barbara Cheeseborough, who was also on the very first issue (May 1970) of ESSENCE Magazine.

Great Icon:The legendary Barbara Cheeseborough, who was also on the very first issue (May of ESSENCE Magazine.

Actress Helen Kane, the inspiration for the Betty Boop cartoons, never received royalties or credit for them. She was a striking and unique performer who began in Vaudeville.

THE ORIGINAL BETTY BOOP! Actress Helen Kane, the inspiration for the Betty Boop cartoons, never received royalties or credit for them. She was a striking and unique performer who began in Vaudeville.

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