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. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1351 U Street NW, Washington DC 20009, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. "Old Man River" (here, next to this marker); "No More Auction Block For Me" (here, next to this marker); "Wade in the Water" "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.
Categories. • African Americans • Education • Entertainment • Sports •
Credits. This page was last revised on January 3, 2018. This page originally submitted on December 29, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 59 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on December 29, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.