Washington in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Todd Duncan Residence
African American Heritage Trail, Washington, DC
1600 T Street, NW
Internationally renowned baritone Todd Duncan (1903-1998) lived here from about 1935 until about 1960. Duncan originated the role of Porgy in George Gershwin's opera Porgy and Bess on Broadway. He later refused to perform the role at DC's segregated National Theatre until the venue changed its policy for the production's brief run in 1935. With a singing style described by critics as both sweet and aristocratic, Duncan also enjoyed a successful career as a concert singer, performing in more than 50 countries. He taught voice at Howard University and later in his basement studio here.
Scurlock Studio Records, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
Erected by Cultural Tourism DC.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Washington, D.C. African American Heritage Trail marker series.
Location. 38° 54.931′ N, 77° 2.212′ W. Marker is in Washington, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on T Street, NW 0 miles west of 16th Street, NW, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. The marker is hard to see hidden in some bushes before the entrance to the basement
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Strong Families and Eminent Citizens (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); At 1740 New Hampshire Ave. (about 700 feet away); Rooms With a View (about 700 feet away); This section of 15th St. (about 800 feet away); Historic Kappa House (approx. 0.2 miles away); A Shared Neighborhood (approx. 0.2 miles away); Georgia Douglas Johnson Residence (approx. 0.2 miles away); Paul Laurence Dunbar Apartments (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Washington.
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