Anderson, Marian – African American History


The Marian Anderson mug is part of a biographical series profiling unique individuals who shaped the history of the United States.  An image of Marian Anderson and a short biography are features of this history mug.

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Marian Anderson was one of the most celebrated singers of the 20th century.  She performed internationally in concerts and recitals.  As an African- American, her grandfather was born a slave, Marian was an important figure in the struggle to overcome racial prejudice.  In 1955, she became the first black person to perform at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. Marian Anderson was a delegate to the United Nations Human Rights Committee and in 1963 was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

In 1939, the Daughters of the American Revolution refused Marian permission to sing to an integrated audience in Constitution Hall.  In response, Anderson with the aid of Eleanor & Franklin Roosevelt, performed on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial drawing a crowd of over 75,000 and a radio audience of millions.

This Marian Anderson History Mug is part of our biographical series which includes many unique individuals who played an important part in molding our history, artistic, and musical history.

The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history.  The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton.  He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia tone.  The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.

  • Mugs are food and microwave safe.
  • To preserve photographic quality we recommend hand washing.
  • Mugs are usually shipped within 3-5 days.

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