Augusta in Richmond County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
International Opera Star and Humanitarian
Riverwalk Amphitheater and Plaza named in honor of Jessye Norman, internationally acclaimed opera star, born in Augusta, Georgia, September 15, 1945. Miss Norman began singing at Mounty Calvary Baptist Church, 1260 Wrightsboro Road. She attended C.T. Walker Elementary School and A.R. Johnson Junior High School. After graduating from Lucy C. Laney High School, Miss Norman pursued vocal training, earning her Bachelor's Degree from Howard University and her Master's Degree from the University of Michigan. Her considerable talents were further developed at several European opera houses and concert halls until she achieved world prominence making her Metropolitan Opera debut in 1983. Miss Norman has long occupied a unique and preeminent place in the realm of opera, celebrated universally and in her own "hometown".
Miss Norman, also known as a benefactor of numerous causes and organizations both artistic and humanitarian, will always be cherished as a true daughter of Augusta, Georgia.
Erected by City of Augusta.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Arts, Letters, Music • Charity & Public Work • Women. In addition, it is included in the Historically Black Colleges and Universities series list. A significant historical date for this entry is September 15, 1540.
Location. 33° 28.728′ N, 81° 57.962′ W. Marker is in Augusta, Georgia, in Richmond County. Marker is on River Walk near 9th Street, on the right. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Augusta GA 30901, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Great Fire of 1916 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Industrial Heritage (about 500 feet away); Indians (about 500 feet away); De Soto In Georgia (about 600 feet away); Great Indian Warrior / Trading Path (about 700 feet away); Cotton (about 700 feet away); Founding of Augusta (about 700 feet away); Floods (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Augusta.
Regarding Jessye Norman. Miss Norman became the youngest recipient of the United States Kennedy Center Honor in 1997.
Also see . . . Jessye Norman. New Georgia Encyclopedia website entry:
She made her U.S. debut at the Hollywood Bowl as Aida. (Submitted on August 7, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
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