Ira Aldridge biography
Born on July 24, 1807, in New York City, Ira Aldridge acted with the African Grove Theatre before making his 1833 London debut as Othello. Other Shakespearean roles followed, and Aldridge became a renowned thespian, touring countries like Austria and Russia and earning the nickname "African Roscius." He also used his fame to call for slavery's end. He died on August 7, 1867, while in Poland.