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Charles Hicks

Death: Jan 1, 1902

Birthplace: United States of America

Nationality: United States

Charles Hicks

Date of Death : Jan 1, 1902
Birth Place : United States of America

Charles Barney Hicks was an African-American advance man, manager, performer, and owner of blackface minstrel troupes composed of African-American performers. Hicks himself was a talented minstrel performer who could sing and play challenging roles such as the minstrel-show interlocutor or endmen. However, he was most interested in the business side of minstrelsy. Over the course of his career, he worked with most successful black minstrel troupes as manager, owner or both. The white-dominated minstrel market proved hostile to a black owner, and Hicks had to travel abroad or manage for white owners in order to make a reliable living. Nevertheless, both white and black rivals came to respect him. One observer in 1891 wrote, "This man Hicks was a dangerous man to all outside managers and they all were afraid of him." In 1912, Hicks was the sole African American listed on M. B. Leavitt's list of "best known advance agents during the last fifty years".

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