Winstead’s Mighty Minstrel Show.

Wilson Daily Times, 18 April 1946.

“E.S. ‘Fat’ Winstead’s shows were based in Fayetteville, where he owned houses and operated an extensive bootlegging, prostitution, and gambling network. Winstead’s Mighty Minstrels had been barnstorming the South since 1931, gathering many outstanding performers whose shows had not survived into the Depression. By 1937 Winstead was challenged in the South only by Silas Green from New Orleans. …” D. Alex Albright, “Mose McQuitty’s Unknown Career: A Personal History of Black Music in America,” Black Music Research Journal, Vol. 11, No. 2 (1989).


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