Lancaster in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
First native-born American Actor
Born within sight of this building
Jaunary 6, 1768
Erected 1955 by The Theatrical Brotherhood Association, Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, Music • Entertainment. A significant historical date for this entry is January 6, 1768.
Location. 40° 2.284′ N, 76° 18.508′ W. Marker is in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, in Lancaster County. Marker is on North Water Street north of West King Street, on the right when traveling north. Marker is mounted at eye-level on the back wall of the historic Fulton Theater, facing Water Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 12 North Prince Street (backside of the building), Lancaster PA 17603, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Site of Conestoga Indian Massacre (a few steps from this marker); Fulton Opera House (within shouting distance of this marker); Early Architecture (within shouting distance of this marker); African-American Women Escape County Jail, 1835 Reynolds House (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); John F. Reynolds (about 400 feet away); Union Fire Company No 1 (about 500 feet away); The Steinman Hardware Building (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lancaster.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. John Durang
Also see . . . John Durang - American dancer. John Durang, (born Jan. 6, 1768, York, Pa.—died 1822, Philadelphia), the first U.S.-born professional dancer of note, who was best known for his hornpipe dance. In 1784, when Durang was 17 years old, he made his debut as a performer in Lewis Hallam’s “lecture” and patriotic extravaganza. Plays and dances were banned by law at that time, and the euphemism lecture was used for such events. Thus began Durang’s dance career, and although he did study ballet with visiting European dancers, he was not a trained classical dancer. (Submitted on August 13, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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