Arna Wendell Bontemps Home

Arna Wendell Bontemps Home (HM27U4)

Location: Alexandria, LA 71301 Rapides Parish
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N 31° 18.57', W 92° 26.539'

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Bontemps, noted black author-poet, scholar and pioneer in children's literature, was born in Alexandria, Louisiana on October 13, 1902. he was baptized February 22, 1903 at St. Francis Xavier Caathedral. Arna, son of Paul Bismark and Marie Pembrooke Bontemps, lived in this house originally located on the corner of Ninth and Winn Streets. As a youth, he moved with his family to California. Bontemps received his B.A. degree from Pacific Union College in 1923 and his Master's Degree in library science from the University of Chicago in 1943. In 1969, he accepted a distinguished visiting professorship at Yale University. After two years, Bontemps returned to Fisk University as writer-inresidence where he served previously as chief librarian. Awards and honors: Crisis Poetry prize, 1926: Zlesander Pushkin Poetry Prize, 1926, 1927; Opportunity short story prize, 1932; Julius Rosenwald Fellow, 1938-39, 1943-43; Gugenheim Fellowship for creative writing, 1949-50; Newberry Honor Book, 1949; Jane Addams Children's Book Award, 1956; Dow Award, Society of Midland Authors, 1967; L.H.D. Morgan State College, 1969; Louisiana Black Hall of Fame, LSU-A, 1987. Bontemps died June 4, 1973 in his home in Nashville, TN
HM NumberHM27U4
Placed ByRapides Bank & Trust Company
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Date Added Sunday, May 27th, 2018 at 4:02pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15R E 553067 N 3464037
Decimal Degrees31.30950000, -92.44231667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 18.57', W 92° 26.539'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 18' 34.2" N, 92° 26' 32.34" W
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Area Code(s)318
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1327 3rd St, Alexandria LA 71301, US
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