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U Street Corridor in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

“Old Man River”

 
 
"Old Man River" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, December 29, 2017
1. "Old Man River" Marker
Inscription.
Paul Robeson is cast as the stevedore Joe in the musical Showboat, music by Jerome Kern and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II.

Robeson sings the show's most memorable song "Old Man River" which he would later change the lyrics to become a song of resistance and perseverance.

Hammerstein: "Ah gets weary/ and sick of tryin; Ah'm tire of livin'/ and skeered of dyin':"

Robeson sang: "But I keeps laffin'/ Instead of cryin'/ I must keep fightin';/ Until I'm dyin'"
 
Erected 2015 by DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities.
 
Location. 38° 55.031′ N, 77° 1.865′ W. Marker is in U Street Corridor, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker can be reached from U Street Northwest east of 14th Street NW. 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. "Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child" (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"
"Old Man River" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, December 29, 2017
2. "Old Man River" Marker
(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.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on January 3, 2018. This page originally submitted on December 29, 2017, by Devry Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 60 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 29, 2017, by Devry Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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