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Lorraine Hansberry (1930-1965) lived in this Washington Park building from 1945-1950. Chicago native Lorraine Hansberry's award-winning play about a struggling African American family, A Raisin in the Sun (1959), was the first play written by an African American woman to be produced on Broadway.
She was also the first African American playwright and the youngest American playwright to win a New York Critics' Circle Award. In the 1950s Hansberry began to first identify herself as a feminist and lesbian. In 1957 she became a member of the groundbreaking lesbian organization, The Daughters of Bilitis. She wrote several essays and letters for The Ladder, the organization's newsletter under her initials L.H.
Hansberry died of cancer on January 12, 1965 at age 34. She was posthumously inducted into the Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame in 1999. This home is one of the Chicago Tribute Markers of Distinction.