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This museum is the Epi-Center dedicated to the life and legacy of Marian Anderson. Anderson was a contralto singer, the first African-American singer to perform at the York’s Metropolitan Opera and the first African-American who sang at the White House. She is remembered for her iconic performance at the stairs of the Lincoln Memorial in front of more than 75,000 people of all colors at a time when segregation was the norm.
The museum is located in a 19th-century house, where Anderson lived in for 20 years.
When she purchased the house in 1924, she transformed the small basement into an entertainment center with hardwood floors and lace curtains.
The place was founded as a museum in 1998 by Blanche Burton-Lyles, a concert pianist and protégé of Anderson’s in honor of her mentor’s life and legacy. At the museum, you can find memorabilia, books, painting, rare photos, and films about Anderson’s life. You can enjoy exhibitions, lectures, various musical programs, audiovisual presentations, music appreciation workshops, and private music lessons.
You can also participate in organized tours as well as special events, such as ‘Marian Marians Christmas Village’ and ‘Christmas In Philadelphia Concert Spectacular’ with a lineup of artists of the National Marian Anderson Museum Scholar Arts Program.
Address: 762 Martin St, Philadelphia, PA 19146
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