Mystery History Contest


This week’s Mystery History Guest was born in Philadelphia in 1897. She joined with Eleanor Roosevelt to make musical history. Her grandfather had been born an enslaved person in the south and came north to Philadelphia after Emancipation for a better life. Our Mystery person was encouraged by her Aunt Mary to sing in the choirs of the churches her family attended. She performed in public whenever possible and won a singing competition in 1925 by the New York Philharmonic which launched her concert career and took her all over the world. She was the first African American singer atthe Metropolitan Opera. In spite of her fame, in 1939 a group called the Daughters of the American Revolution refused her permission to perform in their hall beause of the segregationist policies of Washington D.C. First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt arranged to have this wonderful singer perform on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, and ovr the radio, so millions of people could hear her. The first song she sang was "My Country "Tis of Thee". This was an important moment in the fight against prejudice. 

To enter for a chance to win a Family FourPack to explore Crayola IDEAworks: The Creativity Exhibition at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, simply complete the form below and tell us who our Mystery History guest is this week.

We'll gather all the correct entries and select one random winner! That person will be notified by email and receive a Family FourPack to check out this amazing exhibit, courtesy of Kids Corner! Complete rules at the bottom of this page.


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Discover the next evolution of Crayola ingenuity in the blockbuster museum experience, Crayola IDEAworks: The Creativity Exhibition.

In its exclusive limited run in Philadelphia, the exhibition will inspire visitors of all ages to develop and expand their creative skills through a multitude of activities that will stimulate the senses while empowering creativity and imagination.

Crayola IDEAworks showcases the ways that anyone can be creative. By combining one’s strengths and increasing self-confidence, anyone can create the ultimate opportunity to display ingenuity, inspiration, and expressiveness.

Featuring a fusion of cutting-edge technology with state-of-the-art exhibits, Crayola IDEAworks sets the new standard for an interactive educational entertainment.

Families of all ages, you don’t want to miss your chance to dive into your tailored experience at Crayola IDEAworks: The Creativity Exhibition.

Creativity is innately inside all of us—we just need to ignite it!

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The Weekly Kids Corner Who's Who Contest is open until 11:59pm Thursdays. One entry per email address. Winner will be notified by email Fridays by Noon ET. All information submitted to this contest will be purged once a winner has been selected, as per COPPA rules.