Dupont Circle 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 African American Heritage Trail marker series.
Location. 38° 54.931′ N, 77° 2.212′ W. Marker is in Dupont Circle, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on T Street, NW 0 miles west of 16th Street, NW, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. The marker is hard to see hidden in some bushes before the entrance to the basement residence.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Owen D Young Peace Tower (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Strong Families and Eminent Citizens (about 600 feet away); At 1740 New Hampshire Ave. (about 700 feet away); You are in the "Strivers' Section" (about 700 feet away); a different marker also named You are in the "Strivers' Section" (about 700 feet away); This is part of the Shaw neighborhood (about 700 feet away); A Prestige Address (about 700 feet away); Living Mural: Paul Laurence Dunbar (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dupont Circle.
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Credits. This page was last revised on January 27, 2017. This page originally submitted on September 14, 2016, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 163 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on September 14, 2016, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.