Paul Ellis, Jr.:
In 2005, attorney, longtime Hill District resident, and nephew of August Wilson, Paul Ellis, Jr., purchased Wilson’s childhood home on Bedford Avenue, which, thanks to his efforts, is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. He also founded Daisy Wilson Artist Community—named to honor Wilson’s mother—and serves as the president and CEO of the nonprofit organization, which owns the property.
In the years since, Ellis has tirelessly pursued funding and formed strategic partnerships around construction, preservation, and community engagement to transform the building and grounds into a multi-use space with galleries, a theater, and a residence for visiting fellows. In 2019, the Foundation awarded a grant of $1 million to support completion of the project design and construction. As Ellis noted at the time he purchased the building, “I wanted to play a significant role in the transformation of the Hill. I consider it an honor and a blessing to be able to contribute and have a positive role.”