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Portsmouth, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Ruth Brown

(1928-2006)

 
 
Ruth Brown Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 30, 2015
1. Ruth Brown Marker
Inscription. Portsmouth native Ruth Brown was the best-selling African American female recording artist early in the 1950s. Her two dozen hits established Atlantic Records as “The House That Ruth Built.” Brown also helped to usher in the rockíníroll genre during the 1950s when promoter Alan Freed introduced America to her vocal style in 1956. She enjoyed her first crossover hit, “Lucky Lips,” in 1957. Among other honors, she won a Tony Award for her performance in the musical Black and Blue in 1989. Brown was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993 as “the Queen Mother of the Blues.”
 
Erected 2006 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number Q 8-u.)
 
Location. 36° 50.288′ N, 76° 18.323′ W. Marker is in Portsmouth, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of North Street and Green Street, on the right when traveling east on North Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Portsmouth VA 23704, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Emanuel A.M.E. Church (here, next to this marker); Matilda Sissieretta Joyner Jones (here, next to this marker); Lincolnsville
North & Green Streets image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 30, 2015
2. North & Green Streets
(within shouting distance of this marker); John Luke Porter (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Saint Paul's School (about 700 feet away); The Confederate Section (about 700 feet away); Collier's Raid (approx. 0.2 miles away); Watts House (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Portsmouth.
 
Also see . . .
1. Ruth Brown. Wikipedia (Submitted on June 1, 2015.) 

2. Ruth Brown. Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (Submitted on June 1, 2015.) 
 
Categories. African AmericansEntertainment
 
Ruth Brown Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 30, 2015
3. Ruth Brown Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 191 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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