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Charles Waddell Chesnutt

  • Birth 20 Jun 1858 Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, USA
  • Death 15 Nov 1932 Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, USA
  • Burial Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, USA
  • Memorial ID 7938356

Author, Social Reformer. The grandson of a whiteman and the son of free blacks, he was one of the first black writers to use black dialect. His writings were controversial, dealing with subject matter such as interracial sex and "passing" - people legally defined as black but with skin light enough to permit them to represent themselves as white. In the early twentieth century, he began to write essays on the plight of Southern blacks. He served as a member of the general committee of the NAACP, which awarded Chestnutt its Spingarn Medal for his life's work.

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  • Originally Created by: Shiver
  • Added: 30 Sep 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7938356
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Charles Waddell Chesnutt (20 Jun 1858–15 Nov 1932), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7938356, citing Lake View Cemetery, Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .