Nell Davis Britton
February 24, 1938
— Winston-Salem Distinguished Women In The Arts —
This award-winning poetry slam artist is known for telling powerful stories of human struggles and triumphs. She competed nationally and in the late 1990's captured a championship in the Southern Fried Regional Poetry Slam Festival.
Britton also performed one-woman shows depicting remarkable Black women in American history across North Carolina and beyond. In the 1980's, she teamed up with Larry Leon Hamlin (founder of the North Carolina Black Repertory Company) and others to perform Living Room Theatre in many of Winston-Salem's private homes. Around the same time, Britton opened a dinner theatre under her venture, Nell Lite Production, Inc. It produced literary and poetic art events. This published author of several poetry books also wrote and scored musicals including To Build A Dream - The True Story of George Henry Black.
During her career, Britton also taught theatre arts, creative writing and literature at R.J. Reynolds Senior High School. She served for twenty years and many considered Britton the school's poet laureate.
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Location. 36° 5.83′ N, 80° 14.877′ W. Marker is in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, in Forsyth County. Marker is on Marshall Street North 0.1 miles south of West 4th Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 310 Marshall St N, Winston Salem NC 27101, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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