LeDroit Park in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Willis Richardson Residence
African American Heritage Trail, Washington, DC
512 U Street, NW
Willis Richardson (1889-l977) Was a prolific and acclaimed playwright known for realistic portrayals of ordinary African Americans. Family circumstances forced the promising writer to choose work over college, and Richardson spent his career at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, writing on the side. His The Chip Woman's Fortune was the first drama by an African American produced on Broadway (1923), and his Mortgaged was the first black-authored play produced by the Howard Players (1924). He won awards for The Broken Banjo and other plays. Richardson also compiled anthologies of plays for Carter G. Woodson's Association for the Study of Negro Life and History.
Richardson and his wife lived here a newlyweds.
Location. 38° 54.99′ N, 77° 1.155′ W. Marker is in LeDroit Park, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on U Street Northwest, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 512 U Street Northwest, Washington DC 20001, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The University Next Door (within shouting distance of this marker); The Flower Garden of Washington (about 400 feet away, measured T Street Elites (about 400 feet away); The Doctor Is In (about 400 feet away); Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington (about 500 feet away); Best in the Country (about 500 feet away); Howard Theatre (was about 600 feet away but has been reported missing. ); Robert and Mary Church Terrell House (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in LeDroit Park.
Also see . . .
1. Willis Richardson. (November 5, 1889 – November 7, 1977), The Black Renaissance in Washington. (Submitted on August 9, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.)
2. Willis Richardson Residence, African American Heritage Trail. (Submitted on November 23, 2017, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.)
Categories. • African Americans • Entertainment •
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