Grand Opening

Childhood home of Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and Pittsburgh native dedicated as a museum to the Hill District community that raised him.

Pulitzer Prize-winning American poet, August Wilson, was honored on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2022, with the grand opening of the August Wilson House — the artist’s childhood home renovated as an arts center for the Hill.

Wilson was born in 1945 and spent his first 13 years with his mother and five siblings in the home in the formerly multiethnic Hill that turned almost entirely Black after 1968.

Wilson is known for a series of 10 plays, jointly called The Pittsburgh Cycle, which chronicled Black life and heritage in the 20th century.

Mindful Media was on-site to capture behind-the-scenes of the two-day celebration which featured addresses and attendance by Wilson’s family members, actors Russell Hornsby and Denzel Washington, former CEO of Manchester Bidwell Corporation Bill Strickland, Hill District leaders and more.

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