The Marietta Canty House is primarily significant for its association with actress Marietta Canty (1905-1986), who received critical acclaim for her performances in theater, radio, motion pictures, and television as well as for her political and social activities.
Often her roles were limited to portraying domestic servant, but by performing them with dignity, Canty, like other black actors and actresses of her day, maintained a presence for minority performers in the entertainment industry. This assisted in paving the way for future artists of diverse backgrounds to succeed in radio, stage, and film.
Canty’s political and social activism in the years following her retirement from the entertainment industry (1960s through 1980s) further increased her status as a pioneer in advancing opportunities for women and minorities. Read more about Marietta Canty here.