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Aldridge, Ira Frederick (1807?-1867), actor

Heidi Holder

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

Published in print September 2004 | ISBN: 9780198614111
Published online September 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780198614128 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ref:odnb/49697
Aldridge, Ira Frederick (1807?-1867), actor


Aldridge, Ira Frederick (1807?-1867), actor, was probably born on 24 July 1807 in New York city, the son of Daniel Aldridge, a lay preacher. Little is known of his mother, Lurona, who died when he was a youth. He was the first major African-American actor, although virtually all of his ...

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