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Elkhart in Elkhart County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Charles Gordone

 
 
Charles Gardone Marker (side 1) image. Click for full size.
By Dave Zollinger, July 6, 2010
1. Charles Gardone Marker (side 1)
Inscription. Born in Ohio, 1925, Gordone grew up in Elkhart and graduated from Elkhart High School in 1944. In the 1950s, he moved to New York City where he worked as an actor, director, and playwright. During the 1960s, he acted in the award-winning off-Broadway play, The Blacks, and worked to ensure more opportunities for blacks in the entertainment industry.
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In 1970, Gordone won national acclaim as the first African American to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for No Place to Be Somebody, also the first off-Broadway play to win the award. In the 1980s, Gordone advocated integrating minority actors into the casts of classic dramas. In 1987, he joined the Texas A&M University faculty. He died in 1995.
 
Erected 2009 by Indiana Historical Bureau, Elkhart County Historical Society, NAACP of Elkhart County, Goshen College English Department, Elkhart Historical and Cultural Preservation Commission, Shirley Gordon Jackson, and Susan Kouyomjian Gordone. (Marker Number 20.2009.1.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Indiana State Historical Bureau Markers marker series.
 
Location. 41° 41.071′ N, 85° 58.416′ 
Charles Gardone Marker (side 2) image. Click for full size.
By Dave Zollinger, July 6, 2010
2. Charles Gardone Marker (side 2)
W. Marker is in Elkhart, Indiana, in Elkhart County. Marker is at the intersection of South 2nd Street and West High Street, on the right when traveling north on South 2nd Street. Click for map. Marker is located adjacent to the Elkhart Public Library, just south of the intersection. Marker is at or near this postal address: 300 South 2nd Street, Elkhart IN 46516, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Elkhart High School (within shouting distance of this marker); Elkhart Carnegie Public Library (within shouting distance of this marker); Elkhart County Revolutionary Soldiers Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); E. Hill Turnock (within shouting distance of this marker); Dr. Franklin L. Miles (approx. 0.2 miles away); Bucklen Opera House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Elkhart River Wharves (approx. 0.4 miles away); C.G. Conn Company (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Elkhart.
 
More about this marker. The E. Hill Turnock Historical Marker is visible from this marker.
 
Also see . . .
1. Wikipedia entry for Charles Gardone. (Submitted on July 13, 2010, by Dave Zollinger of Goshen, Indiana.)
2. IHB Annotations. The Indiana Historical Bureau provides annotations for the text of the marker on their website. (Submitted on February 6, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.)
The marker, as seen looking south on South Second Street image. Click for full size.
By Dave Zollinger, July 6, 2010
3. The marker, as seen looking south on South Second Street
 
 
Categories. African AmericansArts, Letters, Music
 
Elkhart Public Library image. Click for full size.
By Dave Zollinger, July 6, 2010
4. Elkhart Public Library
The historical marker is located in front of the library, to the right.
 
 
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