“Wolfe’s influence has established him as ‘one of the leaders of a new generation … in the American theater – one whose work raises provocative questions about racial culture, history, and identity …’”

~ Hilary De Vries, contributor, Los Angeles Times

On September 23, 1954, a baby boy was born to Costello and Anna (née Lindsey) Wolfe in Frankfort Kentucky. The third of what would be the couple’s four children, the parents named him George Costello.  Costello worked as a clerk with the Kentucky Department of Corrections and Anna was a librarian and principal at a Rosenwald Laboratory School. 

This school was part of the Rosenwald Project, which constructed more than five thousand schools, shops and homes of teachers in the American South during the early 20th century.  Sourced from a collaboration between Julius Rosenwald and Booker T. Washington, these schools were developed to counter the numerous deficiencies suffered by African-American children and families due to segregation.  Julius Rosenwald was an immensely wealthy, Jewish-American entrepreneur and philanthropist who is perhaps best known for his roles as co-owner and president of Sears, Roebuck and Company.  Booker T. Washington was the African-American founder and president of Tuskegee University, a historically Black institution of higher learning.  Also an advisor to several U.S. presidents, Washington was a strong proponent of vocational education. 

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