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

Matilda Sissieretta Joyner Jones

(1869-1933)

 
 
Matilda Sissieretta Joyner Jones (1869-1933) Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 30, 2015
1. Matilda Sissieretta Joyner Jones (1869-1933) Marker
Inscription.  Born Matilda S. Joyner in Portsmouth 1869, Sissieretta Jones was a trailblazing African American pioneer of the concert and theatrical stages during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. She studied music at the Providence School of Music and the New England Conservatory in Boston. Jones sang for several U.S. presidents and at the Chicago world’s fair in 1893. While performing with the “Black Patti Troubadours” she always closed each show with brilliant renditions of opera and gospel music. Her popularity spanned the globe, and she received medals and lavish gifts from many foreign heads of state.
 
Erected 2006 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number Q 8-w.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansArts, Letters, MusicEntertainmentWomen. A significant historical year for this entry is 1869.
 
Location. 36° 50.288′ N, 76° 18.32′ W. Marker is in Olde Towne in Portsmouth, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of North Street and Green Street, on the right when traveling
Matilda Sissieretta Joyner Jones (1869-1933) Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 30, 2015
2. Matilda Sissieretta Joyner Jones (1869-1933) Marker
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east on North Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Portsmouth VA 23704, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
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); Ruth Brown (here, next to this marker); Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Lincolnsville (within shouting distance of this marker); Birthplace of Dr. James W. Holley III (within shouting distance of this marker); Richard Dale, U.S.N. (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); St. John's Church (about 500 feet away); Saint Paul's School (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Olde Towne.
 
Also see . . .  Matilda Sissieretta Joyner Jones. Wikipedia (Submitted on June 1, 2015.) 
 
The Black Patti, Mme. M. Sissieretta Jones: The Greatest Singer of Her Race. image. Click for full size.
By Metropolitan Printing Company, 1899
3. The Black Patti, Mme. M. Sissieretta Jones: The Greatest Singer of Her Race.
Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 2, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 31, 2015, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 305 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 31, 2015, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.   3. submitted on June 1, 2015.

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