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  • Writer's picturePriscilla Asonibare

Lena Horne becomes the first Black actress to have a Broadway theatre named after her

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This week, Lena Horne became the first Black woman to have a Broadway theatre named in her honor, making history.

Recognizing the renowned performer and civil rights pioneer, the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on West 47th Street, close to Broadway in Manhattan's Theater District, was renamed the Lena Horne Theatre on Tuesday.

The theatre is one of the nine Broadway theatres throughout New York City owned by the Nederlander Organization and seats up to 1000 people at capacity.

Lena Horne was a pioneering singer, dancer, actor, and civil rights activist who was born in Brooklyn in 1917 and passed away at age 92 in 2010. She was the daughter of a banker and an actor of Black, Native American & European descent. At age 16, she left school to pursue a career in show business and a career as a performer at the renowned jazz club The Cotton Club.

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