Elkhart in Elkhart County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
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In 1970, Gordone won national acclaim as the first African American to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for No Place to Be Somebody, also the first off-Broadway play to win the award. In the 1980s, Gordone advocated integrating minority actors into the casts of classic dramas. In 1987, he joined the Texas A&M University faculty. He died in 1995.
Erected 2009 by Indiana Historical Bureau, Elkhart County Historical Society, NAACP of Elkhart County, Goshen College English Department, Elkhart Historical and Cultural Preservation Commission, Shirley Gordon Jackson, and Susan Kouyomjian Gordone. (Marker Number 20.2009.1.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Indiana State Historical Bureau Markers marker series.
Location. 41° 41.071′ N, 85° 58.416′ Touch for map. Marker is located adjacent to the Elkhart Public Library, just south of the intersection. Marker is at or near this postal address: 300 South 2nd Street, Elkhart IN 46516, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Elkhart High School (within shouting distance of this marker); Elkhart Carnegie Public Library (within shouting distance of this marker); Elkhart County Revolutionary Soldiers Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); E. Hill Turnock (within shouting distance of this marker); Dr. Franklin L. Miles (approx. 0.2 miles away); Bucklen Opera House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Elkhart River Wharves (approx. 0.4 miles away); C.G. Conn Company (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Elkhart.
More about this marker. The E. Hill Turnock Historical Marker is visible from this marker.
Also see . . .
1. Wikipedia entry for Charles Gardone. (Submitted on July 13, 2010, by Dave Zollinger of Goshen, Indiana.)
2. IHB Annotations. The Indiana Historical Bureau provides annotations for the text of the marker on their website. (Submitted on February 6, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.)
Categories. • African Americans • Arts, Letters, Music •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 6, 2010, by Dave Zollinger of Goshen, Indiana. This page has been viewed 856 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 6, 2010, by Dave Zollinger of Goshen, Indiana. • Christopher Busta-Peck was the editor who published this page.