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Jack Brown (March 5, 1885 - unknown) was an African American[2] actor and drag queen.

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Career

Throughout the early 1900s, Brown toured America and Europe (most notably Paris) with the travelling group Les Nègres.[2] In 1902, filmmaker Louis Lumière filmed Brown and his group dancing the Cake-Walk,[5] which remains the oldest known video of drag performers.[4] In 1913, Brown traveled to Moscow for a second time to participate in an ill-fated five-month tour. He returned to America briefly, however at the start of the First World War, left again for London, where he spent the next few years touring. He married a Scottish woman, Vera MacFarlane, in 1917, and returned to France by 1919, after which there is no further record of him.[2]

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