Cleveland in Cuyahoga County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
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After partnering with the Dumas Dramatic Club, the Playhouse Settlement began to produce adult theater productions. In 1924, educator and Gilpin Player Hazel Mountain Walker named the theater "Karamu," a Kiswahili term for "place of joyful gathering." After a fire in 1939, the new theater and institution opened a new facility at East 89th and Quincy Avenue. Alumni of Karamu House art, education, and social work programs include poet Langston Hughes; actors Minnie Gentry, Ron O'Neal, Robert Guilliaume, and Arsenio Hall; artists Charles Sallee, William Smith, and Hughie Lee Smith; and social worker Marjorie
Erected 2003 by the Ohio Bicentennial Commission, The Cinergy Foundation, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 57-18.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
Location. 41° 29.612′ N, 81° 37.446′ W. Marker is in Cleveland, Ohio, in Cuyahoga County. Marker is on Quincy Avenue near East 89th Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2355 East 89th Street, Cleveland OH 44106, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Woodland Cemetery (approx. one mile away); Michelson-Morley Experiment (approx. 1.1 miles away); Charles Waddell Chesnutt (approx. 1.1 miles away); The Arthur G. McKee House (approx. 1.1 miles away); The History of Hough (1799-1979) (approx. 1.2 miles away); Dunham Tavern (approx. 1.2 miles away); Old Dunham Tavern Garden (approx. 1.3 miles away); University Circle (approx. 1.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cleveland.
Also see . . .
1. Karamu House official website. (Submitted on April 9, 2009, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio.)
2. Entry on Karamu House in the Encyclopedia of Cleveland History (Submitted on April 9, 2009, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio.)
Categories. • 20th Century • African Americans • Arts, Letters, Music •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 9, 2009, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio. This page has been viewed 890 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on April 10, 2009, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio.