Marian Anderson and Eleanor Roosevelt at the Pyramid Club, Philadelphia

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John W. Mosley Photograph Collection, Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, PA.

Mosley photographed First Lady of the United States Eleanor Roosevelt (1884–1962) and contralto Marian Anderson (1897–1993) at the Pyramid Club. Roosevelt was in Philadelphia to attend an award ceremony for Anderson held at Tindley Temple United Methodist Church. The Republic of Liberia was bestowing Anderson with its highest award, the Order of African Redemption.

The two remarkable women hold the Pictorial Album of the Pyramid Club, which was filled with Mosley’s photographs. Mosley was no doubt delighted by the irony of the scene: as the two divas admire an album of his photographs, he takes a picture of them. The image of soldiers reproduced on the front of the album is also installed in this gallery.


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