NW Quadrant, East of Rock Creek, African American, Harlem Renaissance Era, LGBTQ, Showbiz, Visual Arts

Richard Bruce Nugent
(July 2, 1906 – May 27, 1987)

1231 T St. NW, Historic U Street neighborhood, DC.

Nugent was born in DC in 1906, and lived here with his grandmother from 1924-1926. Nugent was the author of "Smoke, Lillies, and Jade" (1926), a short story published in Fire!!, widely considered the first published Black gay fiction.

In addition to writing short fiction and poetry, Nugent was a painter, actor, and dancer, appearing on Broadway in Porgy (1927) and Run, Little Chillun (1933). He was employed by the Federal Writers' Project in the late 1930s and a member of the Negro Dance Company in the early 40s. Nugent was featured in the film Brother to Brother (2004). His work was collected posthumously as Gay Rebel of the Harlem Renaissance (2002).

Author photo courtesy of Library of Congress.