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Marian Anderson: A Life in Song

The Town Hall Concert
New York, 30 December 1935

Marian Anderson's triumphant return on 30 December 1935 to the New York stage--specifically Town Hall, the site of her first New York concert--was complicated by an accident that occurred during her Atlantic crossing on the Ile de France. She broke a bone in her leg yet insisted that the scheduled performance not be canceled. She was carried on stage before the curtain rose; she was wearing this white satin gown designed by Ladislas Czettel in Vienna.

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