Richmond, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Charles Sidney Gilpin
Erected 2007 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number SA-77.)
Location. 37° 33.139′ N, 77° 26.37′ W. Marker is in Richmond, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of West Charity Street and Saint Peter Street on West Charity Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Richmond VA 23220, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Friends Asylum for Colored Orphans (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church (about 700 feet away); John Jasper Leigh Street Armory (approx. 0.2 miles away); Ebenezer Baptist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Bill “Bojangles” Robinson (approx. 0.2 miles away); Richmond’s First African American Police Officers (approx. ¼ mile away); Saint Joseph Catholic Church (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Richmond.
Also see . . . Wikipedia Entry. Gilpin's Broadway debut led to his being cast in the premier of Eugene O’Neill’s The Emperor Jones. He played the lead role of Brutus Jones to great critical acclaim, including a lauded review by writer Hubert Harrison in Negro World. Gilpin’s achievement resulted in the Drama League of New York’s naming him as one of the 10 people in 1920 who had done the most for American theater. He was the first black American so honored. Following the Drama League’s refusal to rescind the invitation, Gilpin refused to decline it. When the League invited Gilpin to their presentation dinner, some people found it controversial. At the dinner, he was given a standing ovation of unusual length when he accepted his award. (Submitted on September 4, 2017.)
Categories. • African Americans • Arts, Letters, Music • Entertainment •
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