WATCH: World’s First African-American Circus Troupe is From The Bronx & They Just Received Highest Honor

The world’s first African-American Circus Troupe, The King Charles Troupe began right here in The Bronx back in 1958.

11 years later they debuted at Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey’s Circus in Madison Square which lead to an 18 year with the world’s most famous circus.

Via The King Charles Troupe website

Now the troupe is has been inducted into the Circus Ring of Fame for their contributions to circus world.

CBS 8NewsNow reports:

The King Charles Troupe was the first circus act comprised entirely of African Americans. During their show, the group played a game of high-energy basketball on unicycles. 

“The main focus was always that bike,” said Floyd Sweets Harrison, an original member. 

Back then, it was like nothing we’ve seen before.

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