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Marian Anderson. February 27, 1897 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Died 1993 in Portland, Oregon. Family Background. Siblings- Oldest of 3 sisters Parents- John and Anna Anderson Her dad was a loader at the Reading Terminal Market Her mom was a teacher in Virginia

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february 27 1897 philadelphia pennsylvania died 1993 in portland oregon

Marian Anderson

February 27, 1897

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Died 1993 in Portland, Oregon

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Family Background

  • Siblings- Oldest of 3 sisters
  • Parents- John and Anna Anderson
  • Her dad was a loader at the Reading Terminal Market
  • Her mom was a teacher in Virginia
  • Her dad, died from a wound to the head that he received while at work
  • It was hard for them all when he died, because soon after they moved in with John’s parents and Anna found a job cleaning, laundering and scrubbing floors.
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Education

  • Attended William Penn High School
  • She was focusing on a commercial career until she decided music was her passion, so she transferred to a South Philadelphia High School. From there on she focused on singing frequently, often at her school assemblies.
  • She graduated High School at 18
  • She applied many times at a music school, but in the end was coldly rejected because of her color.
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Career

  • She became a singer at an early age.
  • In fact her first gig was at a local Baptist church in which her family went to.
  • She joined the junior choir when she was only 6.
  • They nicknamed her “The Baby Contralto.”
  • Her father bought a piano when she was just 8 and because they couldn’t afford any lessons for her, she taught herself.
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Why so Famous?

  • She sang for Eleanor Roosevelt who later resigned from the Daughters of the American Revolution to help her.
  • After that she sang at tons of different places.
  • It still wasn’t easy though.
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Her impact on U.S History

  • She was One of the first African Americans to sing in front of the First Lady.
  • Because she was an African American her singing career was difficult…but that didn’t stop her.
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By:

Mariah Ishman

&

Alyssa Reigle