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To Achieve These Rights Exhibition Display 3: Clips of Marian Anderson's Lincoln Memorial concert

Object Details

Anacostia Museum
National Broadcasting Company
Howard University
Scope and Contents
Clips of Marian Anderson's outdoor concert on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. on April 9, 1939. Howard L. Ickes introduced Marian Anderson's performance. Narration between clips of radio broadcast provides context for historical event, including its significance in sparking D.C.'s modern civil rights movements.
1 Sound recording (cartridge, 1/4 inch)
Archival materials
Sound recordings
African Americans
African American singers
Race discrimination
Civil rights movements
Civil rights
Civil rights leaders
Lincoln Memorial (Washington, D.C.)
Washington (D.C.)
United States
Collection Rights
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation
To achieve these rights: the struggle for equality and self-determination in the District of Columbia, 1791–1978 exhibition records, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution
ACMA.03-033, Item ACMA AV003343
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