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 Edwin Pearce Christy

Edwin Pearce Christy

Birth
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 21 May 1862 (aged 46)
New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Burial Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA
Plot Section 111, Lot 13477
Memorial ID 3313 · View Source
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Actor. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he was a pioneer actor-producer best known for organizing and leading the popular painted black-faced troop of actors called the Christy's Minstrels. In 1846, while as a performing minstrel, with his band of six performers he took the name of the Christy's Minstrels and started performing in opera houses in New York City. With their gained popularity, they soon were doing shows from New York, east to Ohio and even on some of the western plains. By 1855, he retired from acting but continued to manager and operate a chain of theaters called Christy's Opera Houses, in the northern and southern states, as well as on the western frontier. With the advent of the Civil War, he was fearful of financial reverses and committed suicide by jumping out of a window in his New York City house.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith



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  • Find A Grave Memorial 3313
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Edwin Pearce Christy (28 Nov 1815–21 May 1862), Find A Grave Memorial no. 3313, citing Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .