Benefit for Hi Rumsey

Event Information

Campbellā€™s Minstrel Hall

Price: $10 private box; $5 private box; .50 parquet; .25 family circle

Event Type:
Variety / Vaudeville

Record Information


Last Updated:
24 August 2011


Announcement: New York Clipper, 07 January 1865, 310.
“[A] testimonial benefit to Hi Rumsey, the banjo player and Ethiopian comedian, who is totally incapacitated from performing, owing to what seems to be a paralysis of the lower limbs and hands.”
Advertisement: New York Herald, 12 January 1865, 7.

Announcement: New York Clipper, 14 January 1865, 318.
List of volunteers.
Review: New York Clipper, 21 January 1865, 326.
“[A] great success. . . . The entertainment given was a most excellent one, embracing, as it did, all of Campbell’s Minstrels, as well as some of the leading performers of Wood’s, and Bryants’ Minstrels of this city, and Hooley’s Minstrels, Brooklyn.  The lower part of the hall was crowded, while the gallery was comfortably filled.  Previous to the performance, the 1st Brigade Band of the 3d Div. 15th Army Corps, which happened to be in the city on a furlough, volunteered and appeared in front of the hall, and discoursed most excellent music.  Mr. E. O. Kimberly, a member of the band, was formerly one of Mr. Rumsey’s minstrel boys.  The amount of money taken at the hall for tickets was $227.  The amount realized was $528, including monies sent by letter from parties out of town.”