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Marian Anderson (1897–1993)
Date: ca. 1940-1945
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Medium: Watercolor, gouache, white tempera, and charcoal on heavy watercolor paper
Dimensions: Overall: 27 1/4 x 20 5/8 in. (69.2 x 52.4 cm)
Description: Portrait
Credit Line: Gift of Enit Kaufman
Object Number: 1947.216
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In 1939, Marian Anderson (1897-1993) a celebrated African American contralto was denied the right to perform in Constitution Hall in Washington, DC on grounds of traditional racial segregation. She subsequently devoted much of her life to improving prospects for blacks in the performing arts. Among other events, she is remembered for singing at President John F. Kennedy's inaugural in 1961.


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