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Sissieretta Jones: ‘The Greatest Singer of Her Race,’ 1868-1933, published May 15, 2012, by the University of South Carolina Press.

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A new biography of Sissieretta Jones, billed as the Greatest Singer of Her Race.

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Author Maureen Lee brings to life the story of Sissieretta Jones, also known as the “Black Patti,” who was a pioneer among African American entertainers.

Sissieretta Jones: “The Greatest Singer of Her Race,” 1868-1933, published May 15, 2012 by the University of South Carolina Press.

Although few people remember Sissieretta Jones today, she was a highly successful, classically trained soprano known nationwide to both black and white audiences in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. She was often called “Black Patti,” a nickname that likened her to Adelina Patti, the famous white European opera star. During her 28 years on the stage she performed in famous venues such as Carnegie Hall, the White House, and Madison Square Garden, as well as in hundreds of theaters and opera houses around the United States and Canada.