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Thomas Pridgett

Birthdate:
Birthplace: of, Russell County, Alabama, United States
Death: 1896
Columbus, Muscogee, Georgia, United States
Immediate Family:

Husband of Ella Pridgett
Father of Essie Pridgett; Gertrude "Ma" Rainey; Thomas M. Pridgett, Jr.; unknown Pridgett and Malissa Nix

Occupation: Minstrel singer
Managed by: Erica Howton
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About Thomas Pridgett

From Persephone Magazine

Born somewhere between 1882 and 1886, one of several children born to an extremely poor family in Columbus, Georgia, “Ma” Rainey was groomed from a very early age to sing and perform for her dinner. Just like her Mother and Grandmother before her, Rainey was an experienced performer by the time she was a pre-teen. At just 12 years old, she had already started singing at minstrel shows and appearing in Vaudeville acts, which were popular at the time. Her hometown of Columbus, Georgia, was a well known river port that often had many musical acts, and the Pridgett family were one of the families that earned a living performing in the area.


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Thomas Pridgett's Timeline

1886
April 26, 1886
Columbus, Muscogee County, Georgia, United States
1890
January 1890
Columbus, Muscogee, Georgia, United States
1891
1891
Columbus, Muscogee, Georgia, United States
1894
May 26, 1894
Columbus, Muscogee County, Georgia, United States
1896
1896
Columbus, Muscogee, Georgia, United States
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Russell County, Alabama, United States
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