Johnny Woodson was born Feb. 10, 1864 in St. Louis, MO. He was the son of two registered free persons of color. His mother was described as mulatto. Woodson began his performing career as a clog dancer and minstrel. He went on to perform with Callender's Consolidated Colored Minstrels. He performed with the great entertainers of color of his time: Billy Kersands, Wallace King, Bill Banks and Dick Little. Woodson moved to Europe in 1883 and there is no record he returned to the U.S. He was the older brother of Manuel Woodson whom he performed with in Europe, at first in Germany and then in France. Woodson would become known as one of the best acrobats on horseback. He did a highly difficult act called the infernal voltage. It is said that he had an accident during his act and died disabled. The date of his death is unknown.
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