Small Museum of the Month: Paul Robeson House & Museum

color photograph of Robeson

This month the featured small museum is the Paul Robeson House and Museum administered by the West Philadelphia Cultural Alliance (WPCA) located in the Walnut Hill section of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The WPCA was established in 1984 under the direction of the late Frances Aulston to foster community participation in the arts by cultivating an interest in, understanding of, and appreciation for the arts in the greater Philadelphia region. The Paul Robeson House and Museum is dedicated to this endeavor through the uplifting of the life and many accomplishments of the multi-talented man, Paul Leroy Robeson, Esq. A man whose name was purposefully left out of many American history books due to his stance on the equal justice of Black Americans, laborers, and Communism during the middle of the twentieth century. Today his life is celebrated in the home under the administration of the WPCA and through programming such as art shows, cultural events, community meetings, concerts, the Paul Robeson Chess Club and the world renown African drummers and dancers.

color photograph of historic marker

A new exhibit has also recently been installed in the home entitled Paul Robeson_Up Close and Personal Exhibition Overview. Curated by Vernoca L. Michael, Executive of the House and family friend of the Robesons, as well as Sherry L. Howard, writer for the blog Auction Finds, the exhibition features rare photographs of Robeson, family and friends, artifacts, albums, books, and much more.

In addition, in 2018 the WPCA will celebrate what would have been the 120th birthday of Robeson with multiple events soon to be announced. Please check out the website for more information on Robeson, the activities happening at the house, and to schedule your tour of the new exhibition!

Images Courtesy of the Paul Robeson House & Museum

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