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Sissieretta Jones, the Black woman who performed at the White House 3 times!

               Sissieretta Jones,
 
A Black woman was born as the daughter African Methodist
 
Episcopal minister Jeremiah Malachi Joyner. In 1876, She
 
took her great escape to a better area of Providence for
 
better educational and economic opportunities.
 
           She got married at 14 years of age to a newsdealer
 
and hotel bellman. SHe got her music training at
 
The Providence Academy of Music Lacombe.
 
           Sissierettta began singing for the public at
 
school functions, festivals at her father’s church.
 
By 1887, she sang to 5,000 people at the Parnell
 
Defence Fund.
 
             Sissieretta performed with concert
 
companies and solo and 3 times at the White
 
House for different presidents,in South
 
America, across Europe , and for the Prince
 
of Wales. She was the first black performer
 
to make her grand appearance at the Carnegie
 
Hall.’
 
             Sissieretta performed Antonin Dvorak
 
and the National Conservatory of Music.
 
 She also performed in Wintergarden in Berlin
 
and in Covent Garden, England. SHe got
 
more fame 3 day Grand African Jubilee
 
in Madison Square in New York in April
 
1892.
 
        She would combine operatic
 
arias with the most loved songs like
 
Old Folks at Home, and  “The Last Rose
 
of Summer”. Critics described her voice
 
as one in milion and Americas leading
 
prima donna.
 
            She received many gifts from
 
admirers, including a medal from President
 
Hippolyte of Haiti, a bar of diamonds
 
and emeralds from the citizens of St.Thomas,
 
an emerald shamrock from the Irish people of
 
Providence.
 
         She formed a group of 40 jugglers, comedins,
 
dancers, and singers who combined vaudeville, minstrel,
 
musical review and grand opera. They were known
 
as Black Patti Troubadours, and they had success
 
for 20 years performing for mainly white audiences
 
for major cities across America.
 
 
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