“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Cleveland in Cuyahoga County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Charles Waddell Chesnutt

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By Christopher Busta-Peck, April 4, 2009
1. Charles Waddell Chesnutt Marker
Inscription. Charles Waddell Chesnutt was born in Cleveland on June 30, 1858 and died November 15, 1932. He has been called "The pioneer of the color line" and was an author, crusader for racial and social justice, humanitarian, and forerunner of the Harlem Renaissance, a black literary movement from World War I through the mid-1930s. With the publication of The Conjure Woman in 1899, he emerged as the first person of acknowledged African descent to be published by an established publisher of the day. During his diverse career, Chesnutt operated a successful court reporting business, passed the Ohio Bar in 1887 with the highest score, championed the cause of equal rights for all people without regard to caste or color, and published six books: The Wife of His Youth and Other Stories of the Color Line, Frederick Douglas, The House Behind the Cedars, The Marrow of Tradition, and The Colonel's Dream.
Erected 2003 by the Ohio Bicentennial Commission, Cinergy Foundation, and the Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 59-18.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
Location. 41° 30.52′ N, 81° 37.079′ 
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By Christopher Busta-Peck, April 4, 2009
2. Charles Waddell Chesnutt Marker location
W. Marker is in Cleveland, Ohio, in Cuyahoga County. Marker is on Lamont Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Cleveland OH 44106, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. University Circle (approx. 0.3 miles away); Michelson-Morley Experiment (approx. 0.6 miles away); Site of the Home of the Poet Harold Hart Crane (approx. ¾ mile away); The Cozad-Bates House / Anti-Slavery and Abolition (approx. ¾ mile away); Frances Payne Bolton (approx. 0.8 miles away); The History of Hough (1799-1979) (approx. 0.8 miles away); James Mercer Langston Hughes (approx. 0.9 miles away); In Memory of the Teachers and Children Who Lost Their Lives in the Collinwood School Fire (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cleveland.
Also see . . .
1. Charles W. Chesnutt and his works. (Submitted on April 4, 2009, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio.)
2. The Goophered Grapevine. From the Unviersity of North Carolina website: "In August of 1887 "The Goophered Grapevine," a short story by Charles Waddell Chesnutt appeared in the Atlantic Monthly. It was the first story by an African American ever printed in that respected magazine..." (Submitted on August 31, 2010, by Patrick G. Jordan of Burlington, North Carolina.) 
Categories. African AmericansArts, Letters, MusicCivil RightsNotable Persons
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