Clayton "Peg Leg" Bates

Clayton Bates

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(1907–1998) Clayton "Peg Leg" Bates was an African-American entertainer from Fountain Inn, South Carolina. Bates lost a leg at the age of 12 in a cotton gin accident. He subsequently taught himself to tap dance with a wooden peg leg. He was a well-known dancer who performed many times on The Ed Sullivan show. Bates also owned and operated the Peg Leg Bates Country Club, a black resort, in the Catskill Mountains of New York.

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