Marian Anderson

Marian Anderson

This April 9, 1939 file photo shows singer Marian Anderson performing on the steps of Washington’s Lincoln Memorial on Easter Sunday after she had been refused permission to perform in Washington’s Constitution Hall by the hall’s owners, the Daughters of the American Revolution. (AP Photo, File)

FILE – This April 9, 1939 file photo shows singer Marian Anderson performing on the steps of Washington’s Lincoln Memorial on Easter Sunday after she had been refused permission to perform in Washington’s Constitution Hall by the hall’s owners, the Daughters of the American Revolution. For the first time, Marian Anderson’s orange-and-black blouse and skirt ensemble that she wore during her historic performance on the Lincoln Memorial steps 75 years ago will go on display at the Smithsonian. Anderson was a groundbreaking opera singer but was kept out of Washington’s Constitution Hall because she was black, and Eleanor Roosevelt invited her to perform at the Lincoln Memorial instead. The concert attire is part of a collection being donated to the National Museum of African American History and Culture by a member of Anderson’s extended family to mark the anniversary of Anderson’s concert on Wednesday. It will be displayed beginning Tuesday and will remain on view until September. (AP Photo, File)

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