U Street Corridor in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
“Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child”
Paul Leroy Robeson (April 9, 1898 - January 23, 1976) was the son of William Drew Robeson a runaway slave and Maria Louisa Bustill, daughter of a prominent Philadelphia Quaker family. Maria died tragically in a fire when Paul was six years old.
In 1915 Paul won an academic scholarship to Rutgers where he was the third African American to enroll and the only one there during his time. He excelled scholastically with acceptance into Phi Beta Kappa and being elected class valedictorian.
He also excelled in athletics earning varsity letters in football, baseball, basketball, and track. In his junior and senior years he was selected first team All American in football.
Erected 2015 by DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.
Location. 38° 55.031′ N, 77° 1.866′ W. Marker is in U Street Corridor, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on U Street Northwest east of 14th Street Northwest, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1351 U Street Northwest, Washington DC 20009, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking "Old Man River" (here, next to this marker); "No More Auction Block For Me" (here, next to this marker); "Wade in the Water" (a few steps from this marker); "Stand By Me" (a few steps from this marker); "Joshua Fit De Battle Of Jericho" (a few steps from this marker); "Othello" (a few steps from this marker); "All Men Are Brothers" (within shouting distance of this marker); "Scandalize My Name" (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in U Street Corridor.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Living Time Line: Paul Robeson
Categories. • African Americans • Education • Entertainment • Sports •
Credits. This page was last revised on March 24, 2019. This page originally submitted on December 29, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 104 times since then and 8 times this year. Last updated on January 18, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on December 29, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.