Dumont Minstrels Theater, Philadelphia, PA., circa 1910.
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Exterior of "11th St. Opera House," a Philadelphia theater advertising Dumont's Minstrels, burlesque, and Buffalo Bill's Ranche 101.

Credit: Library of Congress

Minstrel shows faded in popularity in the late 1800s, but they held on in Philadelphia, to which Bland moved for a job with one of the nation's last resident minstrel shows, just a few years before his death in 1911. The last of Philadelphia's black-face theaters, Dumont's Minstrel Theater, located at 9th and Arch Streets, burned down in 1929.

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