20 Oct 2020 - 10:00am to 30 Jan 2021 - 4:00pm

Venue: Story of Reading Gallery, Reading Museum

Coming Home National Portrait Gallery - Paul Robeson display at Reading Museum

Part of Black History Month 2020

A portrait of the black civil rights pioneer, actor and musical virtuoso Paul Robeson is on display at Reading Museum for this year’s Black History Month, as part of a major project developed by London’s National Portrait Gallery. The Coming Home project sees portraits of iconic individuals from the national collection travelling to places associated with their subjects.

This year marks 60 years since Paul Robeson sang to a large and enthralled audience at Reading Town Hall; a legendary event in Reading’s cultural history arranged by the Reading and District Association for Peace. 

The bromide photographic print portrait by Neil Libbert shows Robeson in 1958, the year in which his political activism had forced Robeson to leave the United States and live in exile in the UK.

To visit the Paul Robeson portrait you need to book your visit to Reading Museum in advance

You can find out more about Robeson's 1960 Reading concert on our blog.

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