A Sense of the Place

Marian Anderson certainly shaped American music, but what shaped Marian Anderson? A visit to her rowhouse community in South Philadelphia, a place not too different today from what it was like in the mid-1920s, provides context, a snapshot, and above all, a sense of place about the artist whose work is so American and so 20th century that it almost defies identification with a specific time and place. [Read more...]

Joel Rose, Producer and Editor
Viet Le, Rachael Berenguer and Jennifer Lynn, Associate Producers
Elisabeth Perez-Luna, Executive Producer
Kenneth Finkel, Executive Director, Arts & Culture Service

Funding was provided by The William Penn Foundation.

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Marking Pennsylvania History

ExplorePAHistory.comMarian Anderson
Philadelphia native Marian Anderson captured the national spotlight in 1939 when the Daughters of the American Revolution refused to let her perform in their concert hall because she was black. Anderson sang instead on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, drawing a crowd of 75 thousand, and millions of radio listeners. WHYY's Viet Le revisits Anderson's early years in South Philadelphia. [Listen]

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