Marian Anderson, Prima Donna Assoluta
Photos, covers, and posters from the life and career of contralto Marian Anderson (1897-1993), who was described by conductor Arturo Toscanini as "a voice one…
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Mural "An Incident in Contemporary American Life," by Mitchell Jamieson
The mural celebrates the people watching the landmark concert and looks forward to integration as the new normal. It also stands as a tribute to a new, activist, notion of government-supported art. This was the first time a federally sanctioned work of art both represented a current event and an episode of the struggle for black freedom.
Marian Anderson at Mural Dedication
[Washington, D.C. Marian Anderson broadcasting a Negro spiritual at the dedication of a mural installed in the United States Department of the Interior building, commemorating the outdoor concert which she gave at the Lincoln Memorial after the Daughters of Revolution refused to allow her to sing in Constitution Hall]
Marian Anderson Biography
Marian Anderson with bass-baritone Paul Robeson during dinner in Anderson's honor, New York, 1939 (from "The Whole World in His Hands: A Pictorial Biography of Paul Robeson" by Susan Robeson)
Who Is Marian Anderson, the Woman on the New $5 Bill?
A 1949 "Newsweek" cover story about Marian Anderson said the singer had become “an international figure in the long struggle” for race relations in the U.S. and abroad
The first concert by Marian Anderson, Negro concert singer, took...
The first concert by Marian Anderson, Negro concert singer, took place on January 15, 1935, in the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatory of Music. Photo shows Marian Anderson on the platform of the Moscow Conservatory. At the piano is Kosti Wichanen, her Finnish accompanist.