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The Kentucky Four

This dance group performed with Orpheus McAdoo's Minstrel and Vaudeville Company in the late 1890s when the company was located in Australia. Their performances were written about in the Freeman newspaper in the U.S. The dance group members were Katie Carter, a vernacular dance specialist; Muriel Ringold; Amon Davis; and Aaron Taylor (Master Livers). Katie Carter also danced in the South Before the War production. According to J. Malone, author of Steppin on the Blues, p. 60, Carter's buck and wing dancing helped establish the dance form as a major attraction in black shows. For more see Out of Sight: the Rise of African American Popular Music, 1889-1895, by L. Abbott and D. Seroff.


Cited in this Entry

NKAA Entry: South Before the War
NKAA Source: The Freeman [Indianapolis Freeman] (newspaper)
NKAA Source: Steppin' on the blues: the visible rhythms of African American dance
NKAA Source: Out of sight: the rise of African American popular music, 1889-1895

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“The Kentucky Four,” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed January 24, 2022,

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