Today in History: Actor Ira Aldridge was Born

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Actor: Ira Aldridge

On this day July 24th 1807, Shakespearean actor Ira Aldridge is *believed* to have been born in Africa.

Aldridge was an apprentice carpenter in Maryland, where he learned German and became interested in the theater.

He played such roles as the Moorish Othello and was the only actor of African-American descent, among the 33 actors of the English stage, honoured with bronze plaques at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre at Stratford-upon-Avon.

He was especially popular in Prussia and Russia, where he received top honours from heads of state.

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