From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Tribble, Andrew

(born: 1879  -  died: 1935) 

Andrew Tribble was born in Richmond, KY, where he also attended school. Andrew and Amos Tribble were the sons of Alice Tribble, and they were all boarding with a family in Union (Madison County) in 1880, according to the U.S. Federal Census. Andrew Tribble is noted as one of the greatest female impersonators in theater, with a career that spanned 40 years. As a child he was a member of the pickaninny band In Old Kentucky. He later moved to Chicago and joined the Pekin Theatre. One night he dressed in drag and did a performance that the audience loved. He was cast in Cole and Johnsons' musical Shoo-Fly Regiment. His most popular character was Lilly White, a washerwoman. For more see A History of African American Theatre, by E. Hilland; and African American Performance and Theater History: a critical reader, ed. by H. J. Elam, Jr. and D. Krasner.


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NKAA Entry: In Old Kentucky
NKAA Source: Shoo-fly regiment (musical play)
NKAA Source: A History of African American theatre
NKAA Source: African American performance and theater history: a critical reader

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