There’s a piece of history and Black culture in the Pittsburgh area that’s worth saving, a project that has already garnered some national support and initial grant money, but now needs the backing of the community to preserve a significant structure.

A century-old house on Apple Street in Homewood is the birthplace of the National Negro Opera Company and served as its headquarters starting in 1941. Black musicians and entertainers stayed or visited the Queen Anne-style home through the years, including Count Basie, Lena Horne, Cab Holloway and Duke Ellington. Famous Black athletes such as Joe Louis and Pirates Hall-of-Famer Roberto Clemente were visitors as well.

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