“The greatest singer of her race”
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. Touch 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
Also see . . . Sissieretta Jones Wikipedia. (Submitted on June 8, 2012, by Bryan Simmons of Attleboro, Massachusetts.)
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