Easter sunrise service to celebrate 75th anniversary of Marian Anderson concert

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Capital Church Easter Sunrise Service at Lincoln Memorial. (PRNewsFoto/Capital Church) Capital Church Easter Sunrise Service at Lincoln Memorial. (PRNewsFoto/Capital Church)

It has been 75 years since the celebrated Marian Anderson performed her acclaimed Easter concert before a crowd of 75,000 at the Lincoln Memorial. When the Capitol Church of Vienna and Pastor Amos Dodge welcome worshipers this Sunday for the annual holiday sunrise service, the morning’s message will pay tribute to the anniversary of this significant event in Washington and American history.

“Easter’s message has always been about hope and freedom,” Dodge says,  “and that is why we are honored to pause and remember Marian Anderson’s performance.”

An interdenominational sermon will be shared with the 6,000 people expected on the National Mall. The service, in its 37th year, will also feature an orchestra and choir.  The sunrise service is casual, and parking attendants will be on hand to assist with traffic.

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