1858 – Charles Waddell Chesnutt, born on the 20th of June in Cleveland, Ohio. He was an African American author and political activist best known for novels and short stories from Fayetteville, North Carolina.
1878 – He married Susan Perry and moved to New York City, where he hoped to escape the prejudice and poverty of the South and pursue a literary career.
1887 – After six months he moved back to Cleveland, where he studied for and passed the bar exam.
1899 – His first book, The Conjure Woman, was published.
1901 – The Marrow of Tradition, a fictionalized account of the Wilmington Race Riot, marked a turning point for his writing.
1928 – He received the NAACP’s Spingarn Medal for his life’s work.
1932 – Died on the 15th of November and was interred in Cleveland’s Lake View Cemetery.