Wilson Daily Times, 10 August 1927.
This ad possibly memorializes a performance at Sam Vick‘s Globe Theatre by Clayton “Peg Leg” Bates at the very beginning of his career. (The “real” Peg Leg was from Fountain Inn, South Carolina, though.)
Wilson Daily Times, 29 July 1921.
The 1922 Sanborn insurance map of Wilson depicts the Globe Theatre on the second floor of a three-story brick building (in pink) occupied by several businesses and a Masonic lodge. Samuel H. Vick owned the theatre, and his oldest son Daniel L. Vick managed it.
Samuel H. Vick‘s Globe Theatre was the first black-owned moving picture theatre in Wilson. As early as 1914, the Globe occupied the second floor of the Odd Fellows Hall at 549-551 Nash Street and, in its earliest days, under the management of J.J. Privett, also hosted vaudeville acts.
Here, from the New York Age‘s weekly “Theatrical Jottings” column in 1914 are announcements of the Globe’s offerings:
A teenaged Ethel Waters joined the Hill Sisters act when it passed through Philadelphia and, on the road with them, gained the sobriquet “Sweet Mama Stringbean.” See Cullen et al.’s Vaudeville Old and New: An Encyclopedia of Variety Performances in America, volume 1.