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Madison in Dane County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

A Stage for All

Bascom Hill Historic District

 
 
A Stage for All Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, July 4, 2010
1. A Stage for All Marker
Inscription. Not long after she was denied permission to perform in the D.A.R. Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C., because she was African-American, famous singer Marian Anderson found welcome at the University of Wisconsin. She sang at the Memorial Union in 1939, headlining the inaugural season of performances in the Wisconsin Union Theater, the first cultural center to be opened in a university union. Over the years, the theater established itself as a showcase for great performers from all cultures, including such luminaries as Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, and Paul Robeson.

This historic marker is made possible by a grant from the UW Foundation
 
Erected 2001 by UW Foundation.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the University of Wisconsin marker series.
 
Location. Marker has been confirmed missing. It was likely located near 43° 4.566′ N, 89° 24.028′ W. Marker was in Madison, Wisconsin, in Dane County. Marker was at the intersection of North Park Street and Langdon Street, on the right when traveling north on North Park Street. Click for map. The marker was at the southwest corner of the Memorial Union on the University of Wisconsin campus. Marker was at or near this postal address: 800 Langdon Street, Madison WI 53706, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
A Stage for All marker in its new location image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, June 19, 2015
2. A Stage for All marker in its new location
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. Science Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); Leaders in Science (within shouting distance of this marker); State Historical Society (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); On the Air (about 400 feet away); Armory & Gymnasium (about 600 feet away); Securing the Future (about 600 feet away); A Grand Experiment (about 600 feet away); The American Character (about 600 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Madison.
 
More about this marker. This marker is part of a series commemorating the sesquicentennial of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
 
Categories. African AmericansArts, Letters, MusicEntertainmentNotable Places
 
A Stage for All Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, June 19, 2015
3. A Stage for All Marker
The marker is at the lower left, and the Memorial Union is in the background.
Exterior of the Union Theater image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, July 4, 2010
4. Exterior of the Union Theater
View from the Deck outside the Union Theater image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, July 4, 2010
5. View from the Deck outside the Union Theater
The deck overlooks the Union Terrace and Lake Mendota.
 
 
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