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Paul Leroy Robeson (1898–1976) by Madame Yevonde, 1930s © Yevonde Portrait Archive; collection National Portrait Gallery, London


Robeson, Paul Leroy (1898–1976), actor, singer, and political activist, was born on 9 April 1898 in Princeton, New Jersey, USA. He was the youngest of five children and fourth son of William Drew Robeson (1845–1918), a former runaway slave and Presbyterian minister, and his wife, ...