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James Hewlett after the African Grove

James Hewlett after the African Grove

After William Brown’s pioneering black African Grove Theater was shut down in New York in the 1820s, its leading star James Hewlett enjoyed several years of success on his own. Historian Shane White tells how newspaper editor Mordecai Noah and theater owner Stephen Price worked to close Brown’s African Grove company and explores Hewlett’s theatrical experiences in the years that followed.

 Shane White

Chairman of the history department, University of Sydney, Australia

Shutting down the African Grove Theater

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James Hewlett’s later career

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Hewlett’s views on race

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