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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
             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
        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
         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.