Henderson (not related to Fletcher Henderson) is another one of those
Classic Blues singers who's musical accomplishments have
remained relatively obscure.
was also known as: Flora Dale, Rosa Green, Mae Harris, Mamie Harriat,
Ritz, Josephine Thomas, Gladys White and Bessie Williams (Viola McCoy
also used the pseudonym "Bessie Williams")
was born Rosa Dechamps on November 24, 1896 in Henderson.
The same year that the Supreme Court in Plessy vs. fergurson decided that
segregation of the races was legal and needed.
Her uncle was the owner of a carnival.
She left home early to travel with the show throughout the South. In 1918,
she teamed with comedian Douglas "Slim" Henderson who she married
the same year.
They had two children.
Together they worked with John Mason and formed the Mason-Henderson performing
troupe touring across the U.S.
Mr. Henderson died in 1928.
died fourty years later in 1968