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Va. marker to honor 1920s Broadway actor

Thursday - 3/29/2012, 7:50am  ET

gilpin (Library of Congress)
Charles S. Gilpin grew up in Richmond. (Courtesy of the Library of Congress)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A renowned black Broadway actor from Richmond already has a community named after him. Now he's getting his own historical marker.

The Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority and the Virginia Department of Historic Resources will unveil the Charles S. Gilpin state historical marker on Friday.

Gilpin grew up at 922 St. Peter St. in Richmond, and the marker will be placed in the area where he lived. The housing authority named the Gilpin community in his honor.

Gilpin died in 1930. His debuts in the 1920s included Eugene O'Neill's "The Emperor Jones.". The Drama League of New York named Gilpin one of 10 people in 1920 who had done the most for American theater.

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