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Paul Robeson
Paul Leroy Robeson, born in Princeton, N.J. but with lifelong ties to Philadelphia, was a Renaissance man who spent most of his life fighting injustice, for which he was roundly persecuted. He was an actor, orator, athlete, lawyer, singer, author, scholar, activist and linguist. Most of all, the “tallest man in the forest” – he stood 6-foot-3 – was an authentic American Hero. Robeson’s career spanned nearly 50 years, with his most well-known work as an entertainer both in the United States and abroad, playing title roles in “Othello,” “Showboat,” “The Emperor Jones” and other Broadway plays. He recorded albums and filled concert halls.

Robeson’s popularity changed after he first went to Russia in 1934 and found that he was treated better there than in the United States. He spoke in support of workers and common people both abroad and in this country, and marched against discrimination, leading J. Edgar Hoover to revoke his passport. The U.S. Supreme Court in 1958 reinstated the passport, but while Robeson eventually regained some of his stature, he and his accomplishments are still not fully recognized or acknowledged today. In 1966, Robeson came to Philadelphia, and remained here under the protective eye of his sister Marian until his death in 1976.

The docent-led tour of the House and Museum will be followed by a pay-on-your-own lunch at the 48th Street Grille, recognized by Visit Philly as one of the city’s Top Cajun and Caribbean restaurants. They use fresh, locally sourced ingredients that best represent a true taste of the Caribbean (

Thursday, May 18, 2023, 11:00 AM until 1:30 PM
Paul Robeson House & Museum
48th St Grille, 310 S. 48th St
Bus 21 stops in front of th
4951 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA  19139

(215) 747-4675
Additional Info:
Registration is required before Tuesday, May 16, 2023 at 12:00 PM
Payment In Full In Advance Only
The Paul Robeson House is not fully accessible. There are several sets of stairs.

Please register on the Penn’s Village website, by emailing, or calling 215-925-7333. This tour is $10 per person for our members and volunteer partners; $15 for non-members. Those continuing on for lunch are responsible for their own bill, including tip.

Penn’s Village welcomes and actively encourages an inclusive and diverse community of members, staff, Board of Directors and volunteers. Inclusiveness and diversity mean welcoming all and excluding no one because of age, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, physical abilities, religious beliefs or political beliefs.
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Lunch at the 48th Street Grille
Paul Robeson House Tour (P)