Marian Anderson's Fur Coat

Object Details

Date
Mid-20th century
Medium
fur, silk
Dimensions
45 1/4 × 31 15/16 × 8 11/16 in. (115 × 81.1 × 22 cm)
Other (Sleeves): 21 1/4 in. (54 cm)
Caption
Contralto Marion Anderson (1897-1993) wore this fur coat when she sang the National Anthem at John F. Kennedy’s presidential inauguration in 1961, becoming the only person to sing at two presidential inaugurations. The long, brown coat, with a wide collar and cuffed sleeves, likely provided welcome warmth on the snowy January day. Its silk lining features a gold-and-brown floral design and the opera singer’s embroidered initials. In addition to lifting her voice in song, Anderson vocally advocated for civil rights for African Americans, most famously at her nationally broadcast Easter Sunday concert at the Lincoln Memorial in 1939. Her connections with Washington, DC also included mentoring mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves (1964-), a District native whose career she helped to inspire.
Accession Number
1992.0034.0001
Type
jacket
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Data Source
Anacostia Community Museum
Restrictions & Rights
Usage conditions apply
GUID
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/dl8c9b8898c-0ac4-48ca-bab8-03681719eafd
Record ID
acm_1992.0034.0001
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