Marian Anderson (center) with her mother and sisters Alyse (left), and Ethel (right), circa 1910.
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Anna Anderson (standing), Alyse (left), Marian (center), Ethel (right)

Credit: Marian Anderson Collection, Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Pennsylvania

The oldest of three daughters, Marian Anderson began her singing career in Philadelphia's Union Baptist Church. Anderson built her skills and reputation singing for black audiences before 1935, when she beat 300 rivals in the Lewisohn Stadium competition in New York City.

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