Marian Anderson

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Marian Anderson was born on February 27, 1897, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was the first of three sisters in the family. Her father, named John Anderson, was a salesman at a railroad station. Her mother, named Anna Anderson, was a schoolteacher. From the age of six, Anderson sang in the choir of the United Methodist Church, where she became known as the "baby contralto." She taught herself piano and violin until the age of sixteen.

She was sponsored by her neighbors, who raised money for her to study under Giuseppe Boghetti. Read more...