Charles Sidney Gilpin honored Friday

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - One of the biggest stars on Broadway in the early 1900's was born here in Richmond and now has a historical marker honoring his accomplishments.

Acclaimed actor Charles Sidney Gilpin grew up in Jackson Ward. The Gilpin Court housing community is named in his honor.

Charles Gilpin had several major Broadway roles. In 1920, the Drama League of New York named him one of the ten people who'd done the most for American theater.

Some of Gilpin's descendants joined local and state leaders for Friday's dedication.

"I hope that youngsters will come by and either read the sign or someone will lead them to the sign and tell them a little bit about this person who at the turn of the century was really a giant," said Charles Brown, Gilpin's 3rd cousin.

"We hope that this marker as it will stand for years and years will inspire many to follow him in the field of the arts," said Marc Wagner of the Virginia Department of Historic Resources.

The Charles S. Gilpin historical marker is located near the intersection of St. Peter and Charity streets in Richmond.

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