Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, United States

Abel Meeropol (aka Lewis Allen) (1903-1986) 2 Fraser Pl.

In 1937, Meeropol, a New York schoolteacher, wrote the poem “Strange Fruit” after seeing a photograph of the lynching of Thomas Shipp and Abram Smith. He showed it to Billie Holiday, who with Sonny White turned it into history. Meeropol was active in the American Communist Party, and after the execution of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg in 1953, he adopted their two sons. He taught at the DeWitt Clinton High School in the Bronx for 27 years, but continued to write songs, including the Frank Sinatra hit “The House I Live in.”

NPR did a story about him.

Abel Meeropol (aka Lewis Allen) (1903-1986) 2 Fraser Pl.