Paul Robeson. Souvenir-Program. March 18, 1932. Academy of Music.
Concert of classical music and Negro Spirituals benefitting Philadelphia’s Frederick Douglass Memorial Hospital
Concert program of classical music and Negro Spirituals given by baritone Paul Robeson (1898–1976), celebrated actor, singer, and civil rights activist.
The concert was performed at The Academy of Music in Philadelphia for the benefit of that city’s Frederick Douglass Memorial Hospital and Training School. The hospital served the African-American community, provided opportunities for black physicians, and was a training school for black nurses. An introductory essay notes that the hospital was trying to raise $50,000, part of which was to help complete “...the erection and the equipping of the Nurses Home…”
The program includes ads for many Philadelphia black-owned businesses such as funeral directors Walter C. Beckett and Clarence T. Allmond, the Douglass Pharmacy, attorney Lewis Tanner Moore, and the Standard Theatre, a noted vaudeville and jazz venue.
Description: Paul Robeson. Souvenir-Program. March 18, 1932. Academy of Music.
[Philadelphia: The Academy of Music, 1932]. pp. Program. 10 x 7 inches. Illustrated wrappers, printed in red and black; stapled. Half tone portrait. Ads. Creasing along spine; brief handling; very good.
Ref. Mercy-Douglass Hospital records, 1896-1977 [Barbara Bates Center for The Study of The History of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania] accessed online.