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Paul Robeson Exhibition

A valley community is planning a special celebration to mark the 80th anniversary of an historic concert it hosted featuring African-American singer and civil rights activists Paul Robeson.

The unique exhibition “Let Paul Robeson Sing!” will be on display in the Mountain Ash Workingmen’s Club, Mountain Ash, on Friday 7th and Saturday 8th December.

It commemorates the evening in 1938 when Paul Robeson was part of a concert at the Pavilion in Mountain Ash which paid tribute to 33 Welsh men who had died after volunteering to fight with the International Brigade during the Spanish Civil War.

Next month’s event, organised by Dr Michael Ward and Eirwen Hopkins from Swansea University, will see 30 pop-up banners detailing Robeson’s life and influence go on display.

Dr Ward, who was born and bred in Mountain Ash, is passionate about celebrating the concert and the community which hosted it.