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A fantastic read if you are interested in Black performers from the latter half of the 19th century into the 1930s. Though Fletcher removes the sting from many of his experiences as a Black performer in institutionally segregated America, his stories act as a kind of window in time back to an era of Black sovereignty, communal resolve and unbridled creativity under horrific conditions. They are told from a singular perspective, so one should not look at it as an exhaustive or definitive source, but it is invaluable as it works to make the rather simplistic view of Afro-American creative experiences a much more complex, rich and interesting narrative.