William McCarver

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William McCarver was a performer in minstrel and vaudeville shows from the late 19th century into the 20th. Known as Billy or Billie McCarver, he and his brother Howard performed as the McCarver Brothers for many years.[1]

In 1894 he was part of Howard McCarver's Operatic Minstrels and in 1895 they were with Al G. Field.[2]

One of his reported performing partners was Theodore Pankey.[3]

Later in his career he appeared with Blondi Robinson, and photographs of him are part of Brown University's Blondi Robinson Collection.[4] He was applauded in one of their shows for his contortions, pantomime, song, and dance as "fresh stuff" that are not regularly encountered.[5]


  1. Peterson, Bernard L. (November 23, 2001). Profiles of African American Stage Performers and Theatre People, 1816-1960. Greenwood Publishing Group. ISBN 9780313295348 – via Google Books.
  2. Brooks, Tim (November 15, 2019). The Blackface Minstrel Show in Mass Media: 20th Century Performances on Radio, Records, Film and Television. McFarland. ISBN 9781476676760 – via Google Books.
  3. ""Darkydom" review. The New York Age (NY, NY) 11 Nov. 1915, Thursday, p. 6". November 11, 1915. p. 6 – via newspapers.com.
  4. "Blondie Robinson collection of African-American Minstrel and Vaudeville photographs". www.riamco.org.
  5. Sampson, Henry T. (October 30, 2013). Blacks in Blackface: A Sourcebook on Early Black Musical Shows. Scarecrow Press. ISBN 9780810883512 – via Google Books.

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