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The Temple of Music

Thomas Bauman

in The Pekin: The Rise and Fall of Chicago's First Black-Owned Theater

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252038365
eISBN:
9780252096242
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252038365.003.0002
Subject:
History, African History

This chapter focuses on the “Little Pekin,” a theater opened by Robert T. Motts in Chicago in 1904. Chicago's black population around 1900 could not be called segregated in the modern sense of the ... More


Holding the Stroll

Thomas Bauman

in The Pekin: The Rise and Fall of Chicago's First Black-Owned Theater

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252038365
eISBN:
9780252096242
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252038365.003.0005
Subject:
History, African History

This chapter focuses on the Pekin Theater's vaudeville shows that pervaded The Stroll at the time. When the curtain had rung down on the final performance of The Husband, Robert T. Motts dismissed ... More


Motts’s Last Years

Thomas Bauman

in The Pekin: The Rise and Fall of Chicago's First Black-Owned Theater

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252038365
eISBN:
9780252096242
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252038365.003.0006
Subject:
History, African History

This chapter focuses on Robert T. Motts's last years and how the Pekin Theater fared after his death in 1911. It first considers the competition faced by the Pekin during the period from other ... More


From Pillar to Post

Thomas Bauman

in The Pekin: The Rise and Fall of Chicago's First Black-Owned Theater

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252038365
eISBN:
9780252096242
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252038365.003.0007
Subject:
History, African History

This chapter focuses on the decline of the Pekin Theater after Robert T. Motts's death. Motts had died intestate. Chicago's Municipal Court assigned the settling of his estate to Judge Charles S. ... More


Prologue: 1903: Chicago’s Black Gambling World

Thomas Bauman

in The Pekin: The Rise and Fall of Chicago's First Black-Owned Theater

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252038365
eISBN:
9780252096242
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252038365.003.0001
Subject:
History, African History

This prologue describes Chicago's black gambling world and three of its leading figures, focusing on major developments in 1903. It begins with a look at John “Mushmouth” Johnson, who operated a ... More


The New Pekin

Thomas Bauman

in The Pekin: The Rise and Fall of Chicago's First Black-Owned Theater

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252038365
eISBN:
9780252096242
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252038365.003.0003
Subject:
History, African History

This chapter focuses on Robert T. Motts's conversion of the Pekin Theater to New Pekin after it was damaged by fire in January 1910. At the time of the fire the Pekin Temple of Music had already ... More


Tacking to the Wind

Thomas Bauman

in The Pekin: The Rise and Fall of Chicago's First Black-Owned Theater

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252038365
eISBN:
9780252096242
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252038365.003.0004
Subject:
History, African History

This chapter discusses the philosophy that Robert T. Motts had imprinted on the Pekin Theater and how it resonated with George Walker's belief in the possibilities for the growth and maturation of ... More


Epilogue: Diaspora

Thomas Bauman

in The Pekin: The Rise and Fall of Chicago's First Black-Owned Theater

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252038365
eISBN:
9780252096242
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252038365.003.0008
Subject:
History, African History

This epilogue discusses the legacy of the Pekin Theater. Although by the end of World War I the Pekin had sunk back into the notoriety from which it had emerged, its name survived in dozens of other ... More


The Pekin: The Rise and Fall of Chicago's First Black-Owned Theater

Thomas Bauman

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252038365
eISBN:
9780252096242
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252038365.001.0001
Subject:
History, African History

In 1904, political operator and gambling boss Robert T. Motts opened the Pekin Theater in Chicago. Dubbed the “Temple of Music,” the Pekin became one of the country's most prestigious African ... More


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