Elizabeth Taylor Greenfield

Elizabeth Taylor Greenfield was born a slave in Natchez, Mississippi. When Mrs. Holliday Greenfield moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from Natchez, she took the young Elizabeth with her. Elizabeth established a career as an acclaimed vocalist. Known as “The Black Swan,” in 1853 she debuted at the Metropolitan Hall in New York before a whites-only audience of 4,000. On May 10, 1854, Greenfield gave a command performance for Queen Victoria at Buckingham Palace. She was the first black to perform before royalty.

DeAnna Tisdale, a vocalist in her own right, portrays Greenfield in the upcoming production, “Walking in Their Footsteps,” on Wednesday, March 16, at 10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. at Tougaloo College in the Bennie G. Thompson Center Auditorium. A Q&A follows the 10:00 a.m. program. The performance is free of charge. Please share this post and upcoming ones on your timelines. Thank you for your support! #womenshistorymonth#blackhistory #blackhistoryplus #blackhistory365

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