Sissieretta Jones was a Trailblazing Black Opera Singer
Clip: 06/24/2020 | 11m 5s Video has closed captioning.
Sissieretta Jones became the first Black woman to headline a concert on the main stage at Carnegie Hall in 1892. Jones was heralded as the greatest singer of her generation and a pioneer in the operatic tradition at a time when access to most classical concert halls in the U.S. were closed to black performers and patrons. She also performed at the White House and abroad.
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