Paul Robeson House and Museum

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Artifacts displayed in the Paul Robeson House and Museum.
By the time the West Philadelphia Cultural Alliance (WPCA) set its eyes on the twin rowhouse at 4951 Walnut Street, it was in horrid condition. No longer was its wooden porch the warm spot where Paul Robeson had sat for some fresh air and to watch neighbors pass by.

About the only thing left of those days were the rosebushes that his sister Marian Forsythe had planted in the small front yard of the brick home. Robeson spent the last 10 years of his life here with his sister. He died in 1976, and she a year later. Marian left the house to her daughter Paulina. ...

In 1998, the alliance embarked on a capital campaign to raise money to restore the house, create interpretive exhibits, and supply new public facilities and offices for the WPCA. The plan called for restoring the house as it looked when Robeson lived there. ...

Funding for the project did not come easily. The WPCA was able to obtain federal, state and local grants, along with funding from historical commissions and foundations. ...

The restoration on the Robeson House was completed in 2015.

Note:  The above descriptive information came from the museum's History of Paul Robeson House page.

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