Photographer/Creator

Chet Smolski, Rhode Island College

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Date

Winter 2-1978

Description

Adopted by Dubose Heyward, this section of Church Street is responsible for inspiring “Catfish Row” in his story “Porgy”. This story was eventually turned into the opera production “Porgy and Bess” which depicts black life in the 1920s in Charleston. These two neighboring houses share a double-hipped Mansard roof and are three stories tall. The buildings are also lined with well-preserved dormer windows.

Notes

http://www.broadwaysbestshows.com/blog/2011/11/17/audra-mcdonald-of-the-gershwins-porgy-and-bess-visits-catfish-row-in-charleston-sc-photos/

(accessed 5 Dec 2011)

http://www.charlestontoday.net/2009/10/10/cabbage-row-catfish-row/

(accessed 5 Dec 2011)

Creator 1 Role

Photographer

Subject Headings

"Housing -- Dwellings -- South Carolina -- Charleston; Charleston, South Carolina -- Buildings, structures, etc.; Opera -- Race in opera -- South Carolina -- Charleston; Catfish Row (Charleston, S.C.); "

Country Name

United States of America

Region Name

South Carolina

City Name

Charleston

Street Address

89-91 Church St.

Keywords

Catfish Row, Charleston, South Carolina, Porgy & Bess, houses, historical

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