What kind of minstrel show he gave to win his freedom is not known.
In a tradition that goes back to the days of the minstrel show, the banjo player doubled as a comedian.
They perceived it as symbolic sexual service in the minstrel lane.
I started with a minstrel show, making eight bucks a night, three nights a week.
The idea that Cyrus staged what amounts to a minstrel show Sunday night is an interesting, though debatable, one.
He had joined a minstrel show somewhere and had become an "end-man."
At one time he took service with a minstrel and was his varlet.
The troubadour, minstrel and jongleur or joglar, were not the same in dignity.
Again the minstrel took his harp and sang, and again Odysseus wept.
A minstrel who made a great hit with "Jim Crow" once gave me a valuable lesson on table manners.
early 13c., from Old French menestrel "entertainer, poet, musician; servant, workman; good-for-nothing, rogue," from Medieval Latin ministralis "servant, jester, singer," from Late Latin ministerialem (nominative ministerialis) "imperial household officer, one having an official duty," from ministerialis (adj.) "ministerial," from Latin ministerium (see ministry). The connecting notion is via the jester, etc., as a court position.
Specific sense of "musician" developed in Old French, but in English until 16c. the word was used of anyone (singers, storytellers, jugglers, buffoons) whose profession was to entertain patrons. Only in 18c. was the word limited, in a historical sense, to "medieval singer of heroic or lyric poetry who accompanied himself on a stringed instrument." Reference to blackface music acts in U.S. is from 1843.