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Lena Horne becomes the first black woman to have a Broadway theater named after her




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A Broadway theater has been officially renamed in honor of late actress and civil rights activist Lena Horne.

Horne is the first black woman to have a theater named in her honor.

The theater, on West 47th St., was built in 1926 and was originally called the Mansfield Theater. In 1960 it was renamed the Brooks Atkinson Theater in honor of the late New York Times drama critic.

The theater has the original chandelier hanging inside after it was renovated in 2000. It seats 1,069 people and is one of the Nederlander Organization’s nine Broadway theatres.

An official celebration was held outside the theater on November 1. The musical “Six” is currently playing in the theater.

Horne, who won several Tony and Grammy awards, was a pioneering artist. She died in 2010.

Horne has also acted in films and on television. She got her start at the famous Cotton Club in Harlem when she was a teenager.

In September, the Shubert Organization renamed a Broadway theater in honor of actor James Earl Jones.

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