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  • Mary Jane Patterson (1840 - 1894)
    Educator Mary Jane Patterson is considered to be the first African American woman to receive a B.A. degree when she graduated from Oberlin College in 1862. A fellow Oberlin alumnus, Lucy Stanton Day Se...
  • Sissieretta Jones (1868 - 1933)
    Matilda Sissieretta Joyner Jones, known as Sissieretta Jones, was an African-American soprano. She sometimes was called "The Black Patti" in reference to Italian opera singer Adelina Patti. Jones' repe...
  • Marie Selika Williams (c.1849 - 1937)
    Marie Selika Williams was an American operatic coloratura soprano. She was the first Black artist to perform in the White House.
  • Flora Batson (1864 - 1906)
    Flora Batson was a popular and well-known black concert singer, nicknamed "The Double-Voiced Queen of Song" because of her soprano-baritone range. She was also called "the colored Jenny Lind" in the pr...
  • Lucy Eldine Parsons (c.1853 - 1942)
    Lucy (or Lucia) Eldine Gonzalez was born around 1853 in Texas, likely as a slave, to parents of Native American, Black American and Mexican ancestry. Died: March 7, 1942 in a house fire; she couldn't e...

Known and unknown Black actresses, comediennes, dancers, sports figures, and musicians that are alive or deceased. They made many contributions and accomplishments to motion pictures and the stage. Check out the Documents section for photos and posters. See below for bios, filmographies and our Links section for more info on these legends. Join us as we pay tribute to these fabulous and often unheralded women.

Some names were taken from the State Farm Insurance Presents A Journey into 366 Days of Black History, 2000 Calendar. Published by 10KTS Productions.


(Some Legends already have a Geni profile, for example Bessie Smith, see on right hand of page