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Charles Gilpin

(1878—1930)

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African-American theatre

African-American theatre  

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After the War of 1812, William Henry Brown offered alfresco amusements for blacks in a tea garden behind his house in New York. By 1821, whites formed much of the ...
Bert Williams

Bert Williams  

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(1876–1922)*African-American performer. In the 1890s Williams formed a partnership with George Walker and for over ten years produced and starred in popular shows including In Dahomey, Abyssinia, ...
Emperor Jones

Emperor Jones  

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Expressionist play by O'Neill, produced in 1920 and published in 1921. An operatic version by Louis Gruen-berg was produced in 1933.The giant black Brutus Jones, former Pullman porter and ex-convict, ...
Karamu House

Karamu House  

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The oldest active African American theatre in the United States, taking its name from the Swahili for ‘a place of enjoyment for all’. A private arts centre founded in 1915 ...
Lafayette Players

Lafayette Players  

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African-American troupe in New York. Harlem's first stock company, it was founded in 1915 by actress Anita Bush, who had performed with Bert Williams and Walker. Charles Gilpin, the original ...
Lafayette Theatre

Lafayette Theatre  

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(New York).Along with the vaudeville house Apollo, the Lafayette was the most famous theatre in Harlem. Built in 1912, at a time when New York's major African‐American district was ...
Rose McClendon

Rose McClendon  

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(1884–1936)*African-American actress. In 1916 McClendon studied acting in order to coach children's drama in Harlem. A series of major professional roles followed, including Galsworthy's Justice in ...

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