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Restoration Work Begins on Home of Civil Rights Icon, Opera Singer Marian Anderson

Board members of the Marian Anderson Museum, Philadelphia Councilman Kenyatta Johnson, Jillian Patricia Pirtle, CEO of the Marian Anderson Museum and Historical Society, and preservation groups and contractors ceremoniously broke ground on restoration efforts at the Marian Anderson Museum in South Philadelphia on December 7, 2021.
Kimberly Paynter
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Board members of the Marian Anderson Museum, Philadelphia Councilman Kenyatta Johnson, Jillian Patricia Pirtle, CEO of the Marian Anderson Museum and Historical Society, and preservation groups and contractors ceremoniously broke ground on restoration efforts at the Marian Anderson Museum in South Philadelphia on December 7, 2021.

Restoration work has begun on the water-damaged Marian Anderson Museum in South Philadelphia. The historic rowhome had once been the home of the famed opera singer and civil rights icon. WHYY's Peter Crimmins reports the work will cost a half-million dollars, and about half of that has been raised.

(Original air-date: 12/17/21)

WHYY’s arts and culture reporter Peter Crimmins first became interested in radio in the fourth grade, when he smuggled a contraband crystal-diode radio into the Boy Scout summer camp. Subsequent radio projects were more successful.