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Providence in Providence County, Rhode Island — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Sissieretta Jones

“The greatest singer of her race”

 

1868-1933

 
Sissieretta Jones Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bryan Simmons, June 8, 2012
1. Sissieretta Jones Marker
Inscription. Matilda Sissieretta Joyner Jones, the internationally celebrated soprano known as "Black Patti" lived near this site at 7 Wheaton Street until her passing on June 24, 1933.

With 17 medals and a diamond tiara bestowed upon her, she was the highest paid performer of her race and the first African American to perform at Carnegie Hall. For 28 years she toured the world, singing for 75,000 at Madison Square Garden, four U.S. presidents, the German Kaiser, and British Royalty.

She is buried at Grace Church Cemetery, Providence
 
Erected 2012 by The Rhode Island Black Heritage Society.
 
Location. 41° 49.751′ N, 71° 24.45′ W. Marker is in Providence, Rhode Island, in Providence County. Marker is at the intersection of Wheaton Street and Pratt Street, on the right when traveling west on Wheaton Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Providence RI 02906, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. College Hill Historic District (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Court and State House (about 300 feet away); The Meeting Street School (about 400 feet away); Congdon Street Baptist Church

Sissieretta Jones Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bryan Simmons, June 8, 2012
2. Sissieretta Jones Marker
(about 400 feet away); Shakespeare's Head (about 400 feet away); Fleur-De-Lys Studio (about 600 feet away); First Baptist Church (about 700 feet away); a different marker also named The First Baptist Church (about 700 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Providence.
 
Also see . . .  Sissieretta Jones Wikipedia. (Submitted on June 8, 2012, by Bryan Simmons of Attleboro, Massachusetts.)
 
Categories. African AmericansEntertainment
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bryan Simmons of Attleboro, Massachusetts. This page has been viewed 429 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bryan Simmons of Attleboro, Massachusetts. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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