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Marian the American Story

Due to flood damage, the Marian Anderson House on S. Martin St. has been undergoing repairs, but is now conducting living history tours virtually on Zoom.

This will be a guided tour of all three floors of the museum, and will include documentary clips and recordings of the great opera singer, humanitarian and Philadelphia native.

Marian Anderson was an important figure in the struggle for African-American artists to overcome racial prejudice in the United States during the mid-twentieth century.

On January 7, 1955, Anderson became the first African-American to perform at the Metropolitan Opera. She participated in the civil rights movement in the 1960s, singing at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in 1963. The recipient of numerous awards and honors, Anderson was awarded the first Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1963, the Congressional Gold Medal in 1977, the Kennedy Center Honors in 1978, and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1991.

In addition, she worked as a delegate to the United Nations Human Rights Committee and as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United States Department of State, giving concerts all over the world.

You can learn more on the museum's website

Tuesday, September 28, 2021, 2:00 PM until 3:30 PM
This event will be hosted on Zoom, a link will be provided by the Marian Anderson Museum.

Additional Info:
Event Contact(s):
Donna Murphy
Registration is required before Monday, September 27, 2021 at 1:30 PM
Payment In Full In Advance Only
This will be an online event hosted via Zoom Conferencing. You do not need a Zoom account but you will need to download and install the Zoom app on your computer or mobile device to join the event. Please email us at in advance if you need assistance installing the Zoom app. If you cannot join the event using your computer or mobile device and the Zoom app, you can join the event via teleconference and hear the audio portion. You will receive an email a day or so before the event with a link to the meeting, the Meeting ID, call-in telephone numbers and instructions for joining the meeting.

Please register on the Penn’s Village website, by emailing, or calling 215-925-7333. There is a $10 fee for our members and volunteer partners; and a $13 fee for non-members. Guests may attend up to three programs before being asked to join and/or volunteer with Penn’s Village.

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