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A charity fund forWest Philadelphia Cultural Alliance

WPCA/Paul Robeson House Repair Fund

Started by: Vernoca Michael

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More than 25 years ago, Frances P. Aulston and the West Philadelphia Cultural Alliance (WPCA) embarked on a campaign to create a legacy for the inimitable Paul Robeson in the form of a house that bore his name.

It was the house where Robeson – singer, actor, lawyer, social activist, orator, college football star – lived with his sister in West Philadelphia during the last 10 years of his life starting in 1966. Aulston and the WPCA acquired the house in 1994 and embarked on a road to make it literally their own.

That road has come to an end, and the WPCA is now the proud owner of both the Robeson house and the adjacent twin, which is used for administrative offices.

Through your contributions, we have finally paid off the mortgage but still need to make repairs to both houses. We are a 501(c)(3) organization, and donations are tax-deductible.

Please donate as generously to our repair fund as you did to help us pay off the mortgage.

The Plumfund allows for three ways to donate: directly from your Paypal account balance to our Paypal account (wphlca@gmail.com), credit card via Paypal to our Paypal account, or by check payable to WPCA and mailed to our address: 4949 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19139.

When paying by check, please click the "Pay Offline" link to the right of the Contributor Information heading on the Plumfund page and follow the instructions.

Visit us at paulrobesonhouse.org, on Facebook, and on-site at the house itself at 4951 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19139, or call 215-747-4675.

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Frances P. Aulston would have been proud to see her dream come true as the West Philadelphia Cultural Alliance's Paul Robeson House & Museum held a ceremonial mortgage-burning at the house. A large group of supporters turned out Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020, to remember Fran in a program that culminated in the burning of a facsimile document, followed by a recording of Robeson singing “Ol’ Man River” in the house where he spent the last 10 years of his life. “Just to think that this mortgage is paid off is something that she really wanted,” said WPCA Executive Director Vernoca L. Michael. You can see more photos on the Paul Robeson House Facebook page.

Posted by Vernoca

January 27 at 10:00pm

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WE FINALLY DID IT WITH YOUR HELP! The West Philadelphia Cultural Alliance/Paul Robeson House & Museum has paid off its mortgage, and you're invited to a ceremonial mortgage burning at 2:30 pm. Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020, at the house, 4951 Walnut St., Philadelphia. Come celebrate with us. We are still accepting donations for repairs to the Robeson House and the adjoining twin, which we use for offices.

Posted by Vernoca

January 22 at 4:33pm

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Our "Arts in the Parlor” series highlights the talented residents of West Philadelphia and other parts of the city. The series was inspired by Paul Robeson’s singalongs in the parlor of the house at 4951 Walnut Street where he lived with his sister during the last years of his life. The first performance was a jazz concert Sept. 22, to be followed by a black doll exhibit, spoken-word performance, singer and photo exhibit. Learn more at paulrobesonhouse.org and watch a video of the concert on Paul Robeson House & Museum's YouTube channel.

Posted by Vernoca

September 29 at 10:45am

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Join us for Free First Friday (& Saturday) Films at the Paul Robeson House & Museum, 4951 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA. wphlca@gmail.com 215-747-4675

Posted by Vernoca

September 29 at 10:37am

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  • Debora Kodish2 weeks ago In appreciation of Chris Rogers!
  • Tiffany Konyen6 weeks ago Best wishes. Good to hear you on the BLM Philly live event :) Thank you!
  • Hiram-Gyle Waddy18 weeks ago Best wishes.
  • Gabriel R Saffioti18 weeks ago Best wishes with the renovations!
  • Asali Solomon18 weeks ago
  • Debora Kodish19 weeks ago Wonderful work: Robeson and the House and WPCA so important! Thank you!!! Grateful for Fran Aulston always!
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