Making Your Marker

Before the historical markers for Bessie Smith and Ethel Waters are cast in aluminum - and these are among the newest of the markers approved for casting - there is rigorous review process.

You can go to the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission website to learn how to submit nominations which are due, every year, by December 15.

The competition is sure to be stiff - more than one hundred markers are proposed every year - but the 1,900 markers around the Commonwealth have been growing at a steady rate, thanks to nominations from people like you. [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.comBessie Smith & Ethel Waters
Bessie Smith and Ethel Waters were both pioneering African-American singers with roots in the Philadelphia area. But as WHYY's Joel Rose reports, they were more rivals than friends. [Listen]

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