Foggy Bottom in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
—The George Washington University —
Lisner Auditorium was built in 1946, boasting the biggest stage south of New York City. On its opening night, October 29, 1946, the famed 29 year-old actress Ingrid Bergman was starring in Joan of Lorraine. When Ms. Bergman found out that African-Americans could not attend the performance due to the city's Jim Crow laws, she made her displeasure at segregation known to all who would listen. Unable to void her contract, she performed the play but inspired protests and picket lines outside of Lisner during her performances. As time passed, more and more people protested segregation at Lisner Auditorium and threatened to boycott all plays and other events for as long as the policy remained in effect. The GW Board of Trustees decided to reverse its policy of segregation in 1947, admitting African-Americans as patrons of Lisner.
Artist: Calder Brannock, CCAS BA '07
"Art on Call" is a program of Cultural Tourism DC, with support from:
•Office of Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development
•District Department of Transportation
•The George Washington University
Erected 2012 by Cultural Tourism DC.
Location. 38° 53.972′ Touch for map. On the stand of one of the city police and fire departments' call boxes (now refurbished by "Art on Call" with a bust of Ingrid Bergman where the box's old-fashioned, land-line instruments were installed prior to the digital age - steps away from the GWU's "River Horse" marker, on the sidewalk at the northeast corner of Lisner Auditorium. Marker is at or near this postal address: 730 21st Street, NW, Washington DC 20052, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. GW's River Horse (here, next to this marker); George Gamow (within shouting distance of this marker); Edward Teller (within shouting distance of this marker); Announcement of the Atomic Age (within shouting distance of this marker); George Washington (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Pembroke College, Oxford, Coat of Arms (about 300 feet away); Marquis de Lafayette Hall (about 400 feet away); Aleksandr Pushkin (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Foggy Bottom.
Also see . . . Lisner Auditorium Segregation Controversy, 1948. (Submitted on February 7, 2014, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
Categories. • 20th Century • African Americans • Arts, Letters, Music • Civil Rights •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 6, 2012, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 812 times since then and 40 times this year. Last updated on February 5, 2014, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 6, 2012, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.