In follow-up to the story from the Nashville Globe on the cast members of the Merchant of Venice, I took a look at the Fisk Catalog from 1912 to find out more on these students and where they ended up. Those from the cast listed in the catalog include these from the Class of 1908:
- Duke of Venice — Matthew Vergil Boutte, B.S., Ph. G., Pharmaceutical Department, University of Illinois, 1911. Teacher of Chemistry, Meharry Medical College, 639 Wetmore St., Nashville.
- Bassanio — William Arthur MacIntyre, B.A., Student, Harvard Law School; 40 Holyoke Street, Cambridge, Mass.
- Salario – Holcombe Sinclair Croswait, B.A., Railroad Service, 402 Rondo Street, St. Paul, Minn.
- Salarino – Franklin Benjamin Murphy, B.S., Teacher Phillips University, Tyler Texas
- Gratiano – St. Elmo Brady, B.A., Teacher, Tuskegee Institute, Ala.
- Lorenzo – James Gillespie Brown, B.A., Student, University of Wisconsin, 821 Milton Street, Madison, Wis.
- Shylock – Charles Campbell, B.A., Student, Law Department, University of Michigan; 1017 E. Catherine St., C.C., Ann Arbor, Mich.
- Tubal – William Biddle Merrill, B.A., Railroad Services, 4510 Lawrence Avenue, Chicago, Ill.
- Balthazaar – William Sylvester White, B.A., Ph. G, Pharmaceutical Department, University of Illinois, 1911, Clerk, Post Office, 644 Vincennes Avenue, Chicago, Ill.
- Norissa – Lilian Emmette Cashin, B.A., 509 Madison St., Decatur, Ala.
- Jessica – Gertrude Sadie Glenn, B.A., Teacher, Howard Normal School (A.M.A.), Box 101, Cuthbert, Ga.
On my visit to Fisk recently, I learned about St. Elmo Brady – one of the buildings on campus is co-named after him. He was the first African-American to earn a PhD in chemistry. Then, from my previous work on James C. Napier’s tree, I’d already learned about Lillian Cashin, she was a sister of the wife of JC’s nephew.