August Wilson

August Wilson

Wilson in 2003, photo by

Birth Name: Frederick August Kittel, Jr.

Date of Birth: April 27, 1945

Place of Birth: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.

Date of Death: October 2, 2005

Place of Death: Seattle, Washington, U.S.

*German (father)
*African-American (mother)

August Wilson was an American playwright. He is known for his works Fences, The Piano Lesson, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, and Joe Turner’s Come and Gone.

August was born Frederick August Kittel, the son of Daisy Zerola (Wilson) and Frederick Kittel. His father, who was white, was a German emigrant, of Sudeten German background. His mother was African-American, from North Carolina. August was married to artist and costume designer Constanza Romero, until his death. He had a daughter with his former wife Brenda Burton; and a daughter with Constanza.

August’s maternal grandfather was named Binum/Byrum Wilson. Binum was born in Tennessee.

August’s maternal grandmother was Bell Zonia/Zona Cutler (the daughter of Jacob Cutler and Eller/Ella Twitty). Bell was born in North Carolina. Eller was the daughter of Calvin Twitty and Martha.

Source: Genealogy of August Wilson (focusing on his mother’s side) –

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