Happy Birthday, Sissieretta Jones!

Today, January 5, 2017, marks the 149th anniversary of the birth of the outstanding vocalist Matilda Sissieretta Joyner Jones (also called the “Black Patti,” a reference to the white opera star, Adelina Patti). This African American musical pioneer, who sang opera,...

Sissieretta Jones, Providence’s Famous Soprano

The great soprano, Sissieretta (Joyner) Jones (1868-1933), also known as the “Black Patti,” called Providence, Rhode Island, home for most of her life. Although she was born in Portsmouth, Virginia, she moved to Providence with her family in 1876 when she was eight...

When Was Soprano Sissieretta Jones (Black Patti) Born?

To date, no one has found Matilda Sissieretta Joyner Jones’ birth certificate to prove her date of birth, but many sources, including this author, believe she was born in Portsmouth, Virginia on January 5, 1868, to parents Jeremiah and Henrietta Joyner. The  other...

Virginia Honors Sissieretta Jones with Highway Marker

An historical highway marker honoring the great African American soprano Sissieretta Jones, also known as the “Black Patti,” was dedicated Oct. 12, 2014 in Portsmouth, VA, the city of her birth. The marker, issued by the Virginia Department of Historic Resources and...