Description: Marian Anderson (1897-1993) boldly signed her name in blue ink on this 4 ½” x 5 ¼” piece of paper.
Anderson was a major singer of the twentieth century with a performance repertoire that spanned genres, from opera to traditional American songs and spirituals. She played an important role in the struggle for black artists to overcome racial prejudice in the United States and was the first black person to perform at the Metropolitan Opera in 1955. She worked as a delegate to the United Nations Human Rights Committee and as a goodwill ambassador for the U.S. Department of State. She sang at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in 1963 and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom that same year.
In black ink beneath Anderson’s signature, the Finnish Pianist Kosti Vehanen (1887-1957) also signed his name. Anderson and Vehanen met in 1930 when she was on tour in Europe, and he became her regular accompanist and vocal coach for ten years. He performed in more than 3,000 concerts all over the world, including Anderson’s famous 1939 performance at the Lincoln Memorial.
Condition: Fine condition.