Peg Leg Bates: The Legacy of the Man and His Catskills Resort

Elinor Levy (Arts Mid-Hudson)

A twelve-year African American boy loses his leg. For Clayton “Peg Leg” Bates, it begins as a hero’s journey from South Carolina, around the world, to the Catskills. There are numerous mentions of Bates in mainstream publications, anthologies, and scholarly works about Black entertainment in America, and a documentary about Bates called "Dancing Man", but there is no comprehensive work that ties his life as an entertainer, businessman, and humanitarian together within the context of the larger issues of his time: Jim Crow, the Green Book, civil rights, and the Catskill experience that was the Peg Leg Resort.

Part of 03-15 Folklore and the Individual, Thursday, November 02, 2:30 pm–4:30 pm