Advertisement for a minstrel show. The advertisement shows an image of a cakewalk competition.
In the late 1800s, as minstrel shows began to be large public events, the cakewalk was one of many main events. In one of New York City’s most notorious venues, a large show was to take place. On the evening of March 2, 1895, one of the largest minstrel affairs was held at Madison Square Garden.