Significant Civil Rights Outfit Heads to Smithsonian
by Deirdre Blake
posted Apr 9 2014 9:33AM
For the first time, an orange-and-black ensemble Marian Anderson wore during her historic performance at the Lincoln Memorial 75 years ago is going on display at the Smithsonian Institution.
In 1939, the classical singer was kept out of Washington's D.A.R. Constitution Hall because she was black. Eleanor Roosevelt then resigned her membership in protest and invited Anderson to perform at the memorial instead. The two-piece concert attire is part of a collection recently donated to the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture in DC.