Sissieretta Jones was a popular African-American soprano who toured with her group the Black Patti Troubadors. This guide provides access to materials related to “Sissietta Jones” in the Chronicling America digital collection of historic newspapers.
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"I can never remember the time when I did not sing," soprano Sissieretta Jones said in the July 4, 1896 issue of the San Francisco Call. Mme Jones and her touring group, "The Troubadours," are feted by immense audiences around the world, often inviting the tribute of tears to those who hear her magnetic voice. Read more about it!
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The Tennessee Jubilee Singers with Madam Matila Sissieretta Jones return from a West Indies/South American tour.
February 24, 1892
Madame Sissieretta Jones, also known as Black Patti, sings for US President Harrison.
August 24, 1893
Black Patti appears at the Columbian Exposition in Chicago.
Black Patti appears at the Pittsburgh Exposition.
July 4, 1896
Interview with Sissieretta Jones includes a brief description of her recent European tour.
Madame Sissieretta Jones appears in Washington, DC.
The Black Patti Troubadours appear at the Seattle Theatre in Seattle, WA.
Black Patti sings in the musical comedy “Blackville Strollers" in San Francisco, CA.
The Black Patti Musical Company presents a show “A Trip to Africa” in Orangeburg, SC.
The Black Patti Musical Company appears at the Howard Theatre, Washington, DC.