• IdentificationBMRC.CBMR.GOODWIN
  • TitleAnna Gardner Goodwin papers BMRC.CBMR.GOODWIN
  • PublisherCenter for Black Music Research, Columbia College Chicago
  • RepositoryCenter for Black Music Research, Columbia College Chicago
  • Physical Description2.0 Linear feet
  • Date1906-2006
  • AbstractAnna Gardner Goodwin (1874-1959) was an African American composer of classical music. Her compositions include “Adelene” and “Freedom to All March.” The Anna Gardner Goodwin papers span from 1909 to 2006 and contain biographical and genealogical documents, musical scores, material related to her family, and photographs.
  • OriginationGoodwin, Anna Gardner, 1874-1959

The Anna Gardner Goodwin papers are arranged in two series: 1. Anna Gardner Goodwin, 1906-2004. 2. Goodwin Family, 1906-2006.

Anna Gardner Goodwin (1874-1959) was an African American composer of classical music. Goodwin was born in Augusta, Georgia and married George Goodwin, a reverend and theology professor at Morehouse College, in July 1895. In 1909, she published her first composition, “Adelene.” She attended Paine Institute (changed to Paine College in 1903) in Augusta, Georgia and earned a scholarship to the University of Pennsylvania to study the “method and supervision of public school music” in the summer of 1913. George Goodwin passed away in 1914, and in 1917, Anna and her sister, Janie, moved to Chicago. Goodwin’s last composition, “Freedom to All March,” was performed by the Cicero Band in 1956 to commemorate the Cicero (Illinois) race riots of 1951. She died in 1959 at the age of 85.

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The Anna Gardner Goodwin papers span from 1906 to 2006 and contain biographical and genealogical documents, musical scores, material related to her family, and photographs.

Series II contains material related to the Goodwin family, including articles about her husband, a family tree, biographical information about her great grandchildren, musical scores, and photographs. Anna Gardner Goodwin is the great-grandmother of David E. Robinson and Rick Allen Robinson. Rick Robinson was a bassist in the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, where the Orchestra performed his work, “Essay No. 1, After Sibelius,” in 2006. David Robinson was a composer and teacher. His original compositions include “Marcus Mosiah Garvey Africa for the Africans March” and “Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. March to the Mountaintop.” He founded the Still Waters Youth Sinfo-Nia of Metropolitan Atlanta in 1990.

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  • Names
    • Robinson, David E.
    • Robinson, Rick Allen