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Graceland, Elvis Presley’s home in Memphis, has been kept largely as it was when he lived there, from 1957 until his death in 1977. Dining room mirrors reflect a stairway to the private quarters. (© Annie Leibovitz / Contact Press Images from the book Pilgrimage, Random House, 2011 © Annie Leibovitz)

Annie Leibovitz's American Pilgrimage

In a new book and exhibition, the esteemed photographer pursues a passion for history and lets us see familiar icons in a fresh light

Pathbreaking

Marian Anderson
(© Annie Leibovitz / Contact Press Images from the book Pilgrimage, Random House, 2011 © Annie Leibovitz)
In 1939, Marian Anderson (above: one of her concert gowns) was kept from singing at Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C. because she was African-American. With the help of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, Anderson performed instead on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial before an audience estimated at 75,000 people.

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